Motte and Bailey Castle

Motte and Bailey Castle

Rochdale Castle once stood on top of Castle Hill in Sparth, where there is now a large square stone built house. The house, some streets and the local pub (The Castle Inn), are all named after this medieval fortification which dates back to early Norman or perhaps Saxon times. It would have been a 'motte and bailey' castle or fortification, taking advantage of its position high on a hill, looking over the surrounding area of old Rochdale.

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Motte and Bailey Castles