Nicholas de Radeclive built a manor house in the late 11th or early 12th century near a crossing point of the River Irwell on the Roman road from Manchester to Ribchester. The surviving section, known as Radcliffe Tower was a rebuild, by James de Radcliffe, of earlier buildings and dates from 1403. It is a rare example, for this area, of a stone pele tower. The defensive design and construction was a reflection of the turbulent times in which James lived and of the wealth of the Radcliffe estate.
The timber hall and house attached to the Tower were dismantled in the 19th century. These now survive only as buried archaeological remains. The stone pele tower and the whole of the manorial complex, including the buried timber hall's archaeological remains are designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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