Water Tower, Chester

Water Tower, Chester

The Water Tower is a 14th-century tower in Chester which is attached by a spur wall to Bonewaldesthorne's Tower on the city walls. The original name of the tower was New Tower but in the 17th century it became known as the Water Tower, although the City Assembly tried to insist on the usage of its correct name. The tower was built between 1322 and 1325, at which time it stood in the River Dee. The architect was John (de) Helpston. Its prime purpose was to defend the port of Chester, and it was also used to monitor the movements of shipping and to ensure that the custom dues were paid.

The tower and spur wall are built in sandstone rubble. The tower is about 75 feet (23 m) high, and the wall is 97 feet (30 m) long, just over 11 feet (3 m) wide and about 24 feet (7 m) high. An archway in the city walls leads to 44 stone steps on the way down to the tower. The wall is crenellated. The tower is circular at its base with a square turret above, in two stages containing octagonal chambers, one above the other.

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Sight Name: Water Tower
Sight Location: Chester, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Chester's City Walls  

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 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
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 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
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Chester is a city with many worthwhile landmarks. Eastgate Clock, Chester Castle and Chester Roman Amphitheater are just a few of the wonderful sights in this fine city. So, if you're looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, travel along a route that takes you to the most remarkable spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles