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Shoe Leather

circa 1600

Shoe leather excavated from the moat of Bury Castle, a medieval crenellated house owned by the Pilkington family.

Bury Castle was a medieval moated site of possibly 14th century origin. Around 1470 it was strengthened as a fortified manor house.

From the 12th Century the de Bury family held a manor here. In the mid 14th century it passed, by marriage, to the Pilkingtons. In 1469 Thomas Pilkington obtained a licence from the King to fortify his manor house.

He was a powerful and wealthy noble and the rebuilding of his home was an expression of his high social status. The archaeological remains of Bury Castle can still be seen today, behind Castle Buildings.