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The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Beeston Crag is an isolated rocky outcrop in the middle of the north Cheshire plain. The castle on its summit was built in the early thirteenth century by Ranulph de Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, and disused from the sixteenth century on except for a brief redeployment in the Civil War, after which it was partially demolished. The ruins remained of interest to topographers and tourists partly on account of their dramatic position.