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Leasowe Castle, Cheshire

Historical Description

Leasowe Castle, a seat in Wallasey parish, Cheshire, on the coast, between the rivers Dee and Mersey, 4 miles NW of Birkenhead. Eaces were anciently held in the vicinity, had much repute, are noted for the Duke of Monmouth, son of Charles II., having personally ridden at them and won the plate, and were discontinued about the year 1760. Leasowe Castle is believed to have been built by the Earls of Derby, in the time of Elizabeth, for the purpose of seeing the races; it contains a curious old picture of a race in which James I. and his queen figure; it contains also the carved oak fittings of the Star Chamber in the old Palace of Westminster, and it has, in its staircase, a pictorial record of all the chief British victories, military and naval, from Blenheim to Waterloo. Its form is octagonal, with turrets on the alternate faces, and all its sides are pierced with windows, commanding fine views over land and sea. It is the residence of the Oust family.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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