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Saighton Grange

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Salghton; Abbey Gate College

In the civil parish of Saighton.
In the historic county of Cheshire.
Modern Authority of Cheshire.
1974 county of Cheshire.
Medieval County of Cheshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ443618
Latitude 53.15033° Longitude -2.83417°

Saighton Grange has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Site of a medieval monastic grange which was mainly agricultural in function until converted into a residence in the 15th century. The only medieval building still standing is the gatehouse, dating from 1490, which forms the entrance porch of the Victorian house which now occupies the site. The gatehouse is three storeyed and built of red sandstone with a stair turret to the rear left. The remainder of the monastic site was demolished in 1861 and replaced by a two storey sandstone building which forms the right wing of the present house. The building was extended in 1876. The chapel was built circa 1870, also in sandstone. The house was converted into a school in 1977. Part of the medieval boundary wall also survives, to the north and west of the site. The wall is built of sandstone rubble and stands on bedrock, on the edge of a rock cutting. It is thought to have been intended as a form of light fortification. The monastic site was granted a licence to crenellate in 1399, which was confirmed in 1410. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1399 March 18 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was confirmed in 1410 Feb 5.

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