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The Water Tower The Water Tower

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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 The Water Tower in Medieval Times

Sick to Death Exhibition

Sick to Death medieval medicine exhibition

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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.

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The Spur Wall

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The Spur WallThe Spur WallReused MasonrySpur 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

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During the English Civil War the battlements on the spur wall were converted to Gun Ports.
The Water Tower 1 - Civil War Gun Ports

This is an example of a gun port in use in Portland Castle.
The Water Tower 2 - Civil War Gun Ports

The Gloverstone
This is an ancient boundary marker stone moved from outside the Castle.
The GloverStone

Inside the Tower

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Garderobe or Loo in the
entrance
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Inside the ground floor of the
tower
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The inside of the Tower
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The upper floor of the Water Tower is accessed by a spiral stair case. It once contained a Victorian Museum of Curiosities which was opened in 1838 by the Mechanics Institute. It once contains such items as a head of a Maori chief. A drinking vessel belonging to William the Conqueror. And a skull of a Civil War soldier. The museum closed in the 1850's. It was used as a props room in the 1960's. It now contains a small display on the history of the Water Tower.

The Water Tower Gardens

Garden Entrance Spur Wall Arch The Glover Stone Maze in the Gardens

The Shropshire Union Canal is close by

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Northgate Locks
Millennium Trail Marker 1
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Shropshire Union Canal 1 Shropshire Union Canal 2 Shropshire Union Canal 3

An old postcard of the Water Tower
An old postcard of the Water Tower

Water Tower Tourist Information Sign

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