Visit Newcastle-under-Lyme and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. This thriving industrial town, the western neighbour of the Potteries, has little to show of the castle — new in the 12th century — which gave it the first part of its name; no one is sure how the “under Lyme” part came into being. The most straightforward explanation offered is that it refers to the Lyme brook. King Stephen gave the “new castle” to Ranulf de Gernon, Earl of Chester, in 1149. It later reverted to the Crown, but its low-lying position led to a decline in its importance in the 15th century, and by about 1541 it was in ruins. Only a length of its original wall, excavated in 1934, remains to be seen in what is now Queen Elizabeth Park.
Most of the town's history is to be found in the museum and art gallery in Brampton Park where seven ancient charters, dating from 1281 to 1685, are on view. The oldest public building is the Guildhall which dates from 1713 but was restored in the mid-l9th century. The Church of St Giles was founded in the 12th century but the present building dates from 1876, only the refaced square tower remaining of the original building. A more interesting church is that at Whitmore, about 5 miles South West, which is one of the few half-timbered churches in the county and has a unique timbered bell-turret dating from 1632. Keele Hall, 3 miles West of Newcastle, was converted into a university college in 1949 and is now the University of Keele.
Newcastle can claim a number of famous sons, among them Thomas Harrison, who was executed in 1660 as one of the Regicides, and Philip Astley who, in the 18th century, gave England its first circus.
Nearby cities: Stoke-on-Trent
Nearby towns: Cheadle, Kidsgrove, Longton, Market Drayton, Stone
Nearby villages: Alsager, Aston, Audley, Barlaston, Barthomley, Betley, Blythebridge, Bucknall, Burslem, Caverswall, Chatterley, Endon, Etruria, Ford Green, Fulford, Hanley, Harecastle, Hatton, Hilderstone, Keele, Longport, Madeley, Madeley Heath, Maer, Milton, Moddershall, Mucklestone, Newcastle, Onneley, Pipe Gate, Rough Close, Silverdale, Standon, Swynnerton, Trent Vale, Trentham, Weston, Weymouth, Whitmore, Wolstanton, Woore
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