Brimstage holds little other buildings significant historical value. Their is of course, an abundance of
lovely architecture to look at. As you might imagine the village is full of country style houses,
bungalows and numerous other dwellings. Brimstage does however harbour one other more dark
secret. Just prior to, and during the second world war; the village and surrounding countryside was
transformed into a well hidden but highly fortified defencive position. There was an abundance of
barricades, wires, ditches, pill boxes and kill zones set up. Much was kept away from the public
eyes but like many rural areas of Britain the surrounding country side made a perfect defensive
hamlet. There are a few remains of the defences set up during this period and a stroll around will
reveal many of the landscaped defenses. From time to time the odd piece of barbed wire is still
found in the moire rural parts of Brimstage but little now remains of this more dark past.
|Above: A well preserved WW2 Pillbox at Brimstage
Brimstage, or as it is called in many ancient records, Brunstall, Brunstath, Brumstache and Brumstage
was an ancient settlement of the Domville family. They had a house of high wealth and were
considered high classed amongst the gentry for the time. The Domvilles were most likely the junior
branch of the Barons of Montalt, as the Domvilles not only held their lands under them but bore their
coat of arms in addition.
Mortimer's books tell us that the earliest mention of the Domville family is an inquisition, held in
Leycester MSS from which it appears that Sir Richard Domville (Knight), then held this manor and that
of Oxton, from Robert de Montalt by military tenture. They continued in this family until the marriage
of Margery, their heiress, with Sir Hugh Hulse who then held the important title of Sergeant of the
bridge gate at Chester, and deputy justice under Mowbray, Earl Marshall and chief justicary of
Chester. The only son from this marriage assumed the arms of the Domvilles, and having only one
daughter the vast estate of the Hulses, Rabys, Domvilles and several other Cheshire families all
became vested in her. The daughter was called Margaret and upon her marriage in to Sir John
Troutbeck, Lord of Dunham on the hill, he became in her right, Sergeant of Brunstath (Brimstage).
Later he was slain with many other Cheshire gentry during the War of the Roses at the battle of
Blore Heath in 1459. These manors and the greater estates of the Domvilles and Troutbecks later
became the property of the Earl of Shrewsbury having been conveyed to his ancestor Sir John Talbot
upon his marriage with Margaret, great grand daughter and sole heiress of Sir John Troutbeck.
The village today is still s small pretty village with many ancient structures dotted around the land
scape. Brimstage hall still dominates the village although it is now a far shadow of how it used to be.