A ROMAN soldier will be patrolling Chester’s historic Walls to give an extra welcome to visitors and to promote the opening of the Water Tower and King Charles Tower over the next six weeks.
The towers will be open at weekends from 10am to 4pm. In a partnership between Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Roman Tours, there will be characters from Roman, Medieval and Civil War Chester welcoming visitors to the towers.
King Charles Tower, where King Charles I was said to have watched skirmishes at the Battle of Rowton Moor in 1645, has been restored as part of the European Portico project. Visitors will be able to see the lightweight strengthening designed to protect the tower.
The Water Tower was built between 1322 and 1326 by John de Helpston as a River Dee defence. Access to the Water Tower is through the Bonewaldesthorne’s Tower which includes the recently cleaned and serviced Camera Obscura that has provided unique panoramas of the city since its installation in 1840.
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and recreation, said: “A lot of vital restoration work has taken place in the King Charles Tower over the past year. I’m delighted the tower will be re-opened this weekend alongside the Water Tower to give visitors the chance to gain an even greater experience of our City Walls.”
King Charles Tower and the Water Tower will be open free of charge – donations welcome – over the August bank holiday weekend then each weekend until the end of September.
King Charles Tower will also be open on Friday, September 13 for a heritage skills and craft fair starting at 11am.
Students from West Cheshire College will be demonstrating heritage and craft skills including traditional stone masonry and wood carpentry.