Greenhalgh castle is located in Garstang, Lancashire.
Sadly the castle is now nothing more than ruins, it’s very derelict and unsafe. Unfortunately the ruins are not accessible, as its located on private land which is owned by a farmer.
Greenhalgh castle was built in 1490 by Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby. He was an English nobleman and politician who helped defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Stanley who assisted his stepson Henry Tudor with this defeat was gifted the land around Garstang for his participation.
Stanley who had a firm grip over the North-West of England, wanted to protect that dominance and in order to provide defence for his estates Greenhalgh castle was built.
The castle is said to be rectangular, built on raise ground with a tower on each corner. The entrance is believed to have been on the East side with a moat surrounding the castle on the lower part of the ground.
Stanley died in Lathom, 1504 and was buried at the family chapel in Burscough priory, near Ormskirk, Lancashire.
The history for the castle doesn’t end there…
Some 200+ years later and the land is now owned by James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby. He is a royalist and support of Charles I. During the English civil war Greenhalgh castle was garrisoned and was one of the last two Royalist strongholds to be sieged by Oliver Cromwell’s forces in 1644, the other one was Latham. After a lengthy battle of almost a year, the castle surrendered in 1645 and therefore to prevent the castle from being used by military personnel again it was partially demolish.
Thereafter the castle was left to crumble and deteriorate away. By the late 1600’s only the lower portion of one tower remained and the local farming community decided to build and incorporate the remaining stones into their houses. These stones can still be seen today.
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