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The Water Tower
The Water Tower is located on the end of a spur wall on the north west corner of the city walls.The Water Tower or as it was called then 'new tower' was constructed in the time of Edward II (1322-25) at a cost of one hundred Pounds. John de Helpston was the mason in charge. The tower was added onto the City Walls protect and collect import taxes from trade ships coming into the Port of Chester. The tower had a iron rings around the base so ships could tie up against it.
The Water Tower in Medieval Times
Sick to Death Exhibition
Sick to Death medieval medicine exhibition
Discover the newly restored medieval Water Tower on the City Walls, along with the camera obscura in Bonewaldesthorne's Tower.
With children's activities and the opportunity to explore the various tower chambers and spur wall.
The Spur Wall
The tower was constructed to control shipping and taxes into the port of Chester. And originally projected out into the waters of the River Dee. Boats could be moored around the base. But over time the Dee silted up and the tower has been left high and dry, now 100 yards from the waters edge.
Outside the tower
During the English Civil War the battlements on the spur wall were converted to Gun Ports.
This is an example of a gun port in use in Portland Castle.
Inside the Tower
An old postcard of the Water Tower
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