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The Northgate

Northgate Street, Chester (1 Min walk from the cross)
A closer view of the Northgate

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Take a closer look
The Northgate The Old Northgate from outside the gate

The medieval gateway and gaol (above right) was demolished in 1808. And the present gateway was constructed.
It has an inscription in Latin above the arch:

PORTAM SEPTENTRIONALEM SVBSTRVCTAM A ROMANIS VETVSTE IAM DILAPSVRAM / IMPENSIS SVIS AB INTEGRO RESTITVENDAM CVRAVIT ROBERTVS COMES GROSVENOR / A.R.GEORGII TERTII LI

"The north gate built by the Romans being now about to disintegrate, Robert Earl Grosvenor has had it entirely restored at his own expense in the 51st year of the reign of George III."

Plaque on the Northgate You can join the walls at this point A view of Nortgate Street

Roman Fortress Wall

Surviving part of the roman fortess wall Surviving part of the roman fortess wall

To the left of the Northgate outside the wall is a surviving part of the roman fortress wall. This section is complete with the cornice stone.

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs sign on Northgate Street

To the right of the Northgate outside is the bridge of sighs. Named after a similar bridge in Italy. This little disused bridge was used to lead condemned prisoners from the Northgate goal to the Chapel in the Blue Coat Hospital to hear prayers before being executed.

Just for good measure this is the real bridge of sighs in Venice, Italy!
The Bridge of Sighs

The Blue Coat School

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The Blue Coat School, Northgate.

The Blue Coat School is on the former site of the Hospital of St John the Baptist, founded by Randall Blundeville in the 12th century. The chapel and hospital were destroyed during the civil war. In 1700 the Blue Coat School was founded by Bishop Stratford for the education of 46 boys. The present building dates from 1717, and was restored in 1854.

There is a memorial to Bishop Stratford in the west end of Chester Cathedral.

Memorial to Bishop Stratford is in the west end of Chester Cathedral. Click to find out more

The is also a memorial window in Chester Cathedral Cloisters
Memorial Window to Bishop Stratford

Take a closer look at The Northgate

A closer view of the Northgate A closer view of the Northgate

A closer view of the Northgate A closer view of the Northgate

The Four Main Gates of Chester

The Watergate
The Northgate
The Northgate
The Bridgegate
The Bridgegate
The Eastgate
The Eastgate

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