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Bridgegate, Chester

Bridgegate, Chester

The Bridgegate is in Chester. The Roman city walls were extended to the south in the 12th century with a wall parallel to the north bank of the River Dee. This section of the wall incorporated the original Bridgegate which must have been built by the 1120s, as the office of sergeant of the gate was recorded in that decade. The gate guarded the southern entrance to the town; the road from North Wales ran through the gateway directly after crossing the Old Dee Bridge. It is possible that the gateway was rebuilt at the time the bridge was rebuilt in the later part of the 14th century. Between 1521 and 1624 the bridge tolls were controlled by the Talbot family, the Earls of Shrewsbury, whose town house, now the Bear and Billet, was nearby.

At the end of the 15th century the bridge consisted of a Gothic arch with a tower on each side. In 1600–01 a square tower was added which contained machinery for lifting river water into the town. This was known as John Tyrer's Water Tower, after its builder, but the tower was destroyed in the siege of Chester in 1644–65. The present bridge was built in 1781 for Chester City Corporation, the architect being Joseph Turner.

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Sight Name: Bridgegate
Sight Location: Chester, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Chester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Chester Churches

Chester Churches

Chester is a city with wonderful churches, as the vast majority of the structures offer special architectural and cultural value (most Grade I or Grade II listed buildings). Visitors will admire the beauty of these religious structures, some of which date several centuries back. Additionally, the churches are active in the city life, providing religious services, organizing various events and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Chester Historical Architectural Tour

Chester Historical Architectural Tour

Chester is a phenomenal city for fans of architecture. Here you will find interesting houses, rows and terraces. Additionally, the vast majority of the structures are listed by the English Heritage and include work from such famous architects as James Harrison, T.M. Penson, John Douglas and others.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Chester's City Walls

Chester's City Walls

Chester is the only city in Great Britain that maintained the full circuit of its ancient defensive walls. The main access through the walls is provided by four major gates. There are also towers along the walls such as Water Tower and Bonewaldesthorne's Tower. Today, tourists may travel down the ancient walls and learn about the rich history of this magnificent city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Chester's Black-And-White Architectural Tour

Chester's Black-And-White Architectural Tour

If you visit Chester the first thing you might notice is the magnificent black-and-white architecture. The Rows are unique in Great Britain, while the black-and-white revival and timber framing styles are prominent for Chester. These charming buildings will definitely catch your eyes and make your visit even more memorable.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Chester Museums and Art Galleries

Chester Museums and Art Galleries

Chester cultural and historical heritage is both rich and various. Thus, the museums and art galleries of the city are a must-visit. The popular attractions are well preserved, structured and easily one of the greatest entertainment and educational venues in Chester. Take this tour to experience and learn about everything Chester has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Family Entertainment in Chester

Family Entertainment in Chester

Chester offers fantastic opportunities for the whole family. Inside the city, parents and children alike will find places of interest, including but not limited to the Miniature Railway, Dewa Roman Experience and The Old Sweet Shop. Take a day out with the family and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, fun and pleasant memories for your children.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles