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Cheshire is full of weird and wonderful stories of the supernatural, local heores and the mysterious.
I will take you on a tour as I look deep into the Cheshire that lies underneath the wonderful countryside and find the secrets that still hide there.
What magic and long lost secrets will we find?
So, sit back and enjoy my journey. This is a land of Magic, Knights, Dragons, Wizards, Witches, Boggarts, Murder, Ghosts and Old Forgotten Knowledge.

I would love to hear your stories as well. So if you have anything you would like me to look into and find information out, please let me know.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Gold in Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle is over 700 years old. It was built in the 13th century by Ranulf de Blundeville, 6th Earl of Chester. It was first used in anger during the Civil War. It was garrisoned by 300 Parliamentarian force. It was taken in 1643 by a Royalist captain and only 8 men who scaled the walls and opened the gates. The Royalists held it until 1645.
In the 18th century, much of the castles stonework was used to build causeways in Cheshire and the hill was heavily quarried.
It has been protected by English Heritage since 1959.

But there is a tale that there is a secret store of gold and treasure hidden deep under the castle.
This fortune was placed there by King Richard ll. It was his personnal fortune of 100,000 marks in gold coins and 100,000 marks in other precious objects. There is a document from the 16th century which suggests that some of the priceless artifacts included a gold quadrant in a leather case, a white helmet of St George, white hart brooches, cups and jewellery.

The story is that Richard ll stored his treasure in Beeston Castle before leaving from Chester to Ireland in 1399 (the year of his death) and he hid the treasure in the well. This well is 360ft deep and has a number of passages leading off it.
When Richard ll returned from Ireland, he was taken prisoner and thrown in goal at Flint Castle by the forces of Henry Bolinbroke, the Duke of Lancaster (later Henry lV).
The garrison at Beeston surrendered and Henry stole the treasure.

Many people have tried to find the treasure and see if it is still at Beeston. But as yet nobody has. There has been at least two attempts into the well in 1842 and 1935. What seemed to be three possible passageways were found at 339ft and it is believed that a forth passage is at 350ft.

So, is it possible that the treasure could still be there, hiden away in the lower passage or has it been stolen years before.
Could it be possible that there was no treasure at Beeston and the story was told as a ploy so the real hiding place for the treasure would stay hidden.

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