A HISTORICAL tour company in Chester has expressed its anger after a path used in the English Civil War has been left in disrepair for almost 12 months.
Chester Civil War Tours Company aims to bring the area’s rich civil war history to life and said Prince Rupert’s Trench – also known as Rocky Lane – was as important as the City Walls.
Ed Abrams, principal of the tour company, said the path, which connects Liverpool Road and Parkgate Road, was built during the English Civil War to move cannon around the city.
The trench was built in 1644 and was vital in the royalists’ defence of the city during the Seige of Chester between 1645 and 1646, when the city finally surrendered to the parliamentarian forces.
The path has been closed since November when a section of the four-metre sandstone wall backing into a private garden collapsed.
There has been little progress and Mr Abrams wants something to be done.
He said: “It is incredibly historic and, sadly, there isn’t even a sign on it to depict what it is and it has subsided and just been left like this.
“This is a massively important part of the history of that period and therefore it should be restored. It should be maintained and there should be signage to show what it is.
“The whole of Chester was a battlefield and this part is incredibly important because this and the cannon mounts defended Chester from areas down on the Blacon marshes and further on.
“It is part of our heritage. You wouldn’t let part of our City Walls fall into disrepair like this and this is, to me, just as important as the City Walls.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council put up barriers to prevent access and said work was ongoing to repair the damage and reopen the path.
Council spokeswoman Laura Johnson said: “We are in dialogue with the owners of the properties which back onto the wall and things are progressing.”