The Dee Bridge dates from the 14th Century and is of seven spans,
the seventh span seen here was originally a draw bridge. The
bridge was widened in 1826.
To the east of the bridge is the weir, increasing the depth of
water upstream and originally serving first a mill and later a small
hydro-electric power station. It also enables the river
to be extensively used for both recreational and competitive boating.
See my excursion 'The
River at Chester'.
This is Bridge Gate at the end of
the very narrow Dee Bridge on which traffic is controlled by lights.
Beyond is Lower Bridge Street leading to Bridge Street and the Cross.
The original medieval gates were replaced by bridges about 200 years
ago and this allowed an almost uninterrupted walkway all round the city
walls and also the absence of gates allowed free passage for road
traffic at all times.
Where old meets new. Seen here from
the walls are a mid-Victorian black & white "The Fear of the Lord
is the Fountain of Life" and a multi-storey car park. In the opposite
direction from the same length of wall are the Roman Gardens created on
the site of the Chester clay pipe factory where clay tobacco smoking
pipes were made for about 200 years. These gardens house Roman
stonework gathered from many places in the city.
Above in the Roman Garden is this reconstructed section of a high
status Roman hypocaust.
Close by is the New Gate built in 1938 over the dual carriageway
city centre avoiding road.
Soon we have come full circle and are back at the starting point.
It took me 2¼ hours but a determined walker could do it in well
under the hour. The Eastgate clock was erected to celebrate
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Views from the clock.
From Eastgate go forth into the heart of the city. Explore
Chester's unique 'Rows'. Visit Chester's excellent shops. Spend time in
quiet reflection in Chester Cathedral and its cloisters.