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The Old Dee Bridge

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At the end of Bridge Street is the Old Dee Bridge. The oldest bridge in Chester. The first Dee Bridge was built in 922 and was made of wood. Legend says that when King Edward I crossed over on his way to fight the welsh. He decreed that if a stone bridge was not constructed he would sack the city. Fortunately when he returned in 1280. The current bridge was in place. It was known as the Chester Bridge in coaching days when the distances were measured from it.

The bridge has been superseded by the building of the Grosvenor Bridge a little further down stream in the 19th Century.

The Old Dee Bridge
The Old Dee Bridge
The Old Dee Bridge

On the other side of the Bridge can be found Edgar's Field and the Roman Minerva Shrine. Click on the Picture for more >>>
Edgars Fields
Edgars Fields

The River Dee becomes a tidal river after the Old Dee Bridge.
Old Dee Bridge

A Hydroelectric power station replaced the Old Dee Mills in the 20th Century.
Old Dee Bridge

Parts of the old Roman ford can be seen at low tide looking downstream.
Old Dee Bridge

The last pier of the bridge was enlarged to accommodate a Barbican or fortified gatehouse on the far end of the bridge in medieval times.
Old Dee Bridge

An old painting of the Old Dee Bridge.
Old painting of the Old Dee Bridge

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