The last English castle, surrounded by a moat, is put up for sale

One of the last castles in England with an active moat is put up for sale for £ 5 million. The incredible Caverswall castle was bought by tycoon Robin McDonald for £ 1.7 million in 2006. McDonald put the castle on sale in 2014 for £ 3 million, saying that he wants to buy for himself and his family a smaller housing. But then he could not sell the castle, and after some time was fined for almost £ 100 thousand for pollution.

The fact is that on 20 acres of land that belongs to McDonald, parties, weddings and corporate parties were organized, whereas the owner did not have the right to conduct such events without a corresponding license, which had to be purchased from the local council. The castle itself was built in the 13th century on the site of an Anglo-Saxon manor near Stoke-on-Trent. The earliest registered owner of the castle was Emuf de Hesing. Then the possessions were handed over to Sir William de Caverswall who combined the individual streams and channels into a single ditch and built towers inside the outer walls of the castle.

In the following centuries, the castle gradually was ruined and fell into disrepair and neglect, until Mayor Stafford Matthew Cradon and a wealthy merchant bought it and rebuilt it into a mansion in 1625. The large tower has survived along with the walls and towers, which then turned into garden pavilions. There are 18 bedrooms, 9 living rooms, 13 bathrooms, a billiard room, an underground cellar and a library in the three-story castle. During the civil war in England, the castle was used as garrison premises for parliamentary troops, and then became the sanctuary of the order of Benedictine nuns who escaped the French Revolution.

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