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Chester Water Tower

Chester Water Tower

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1823

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.86

Length: 13

Width: 19.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The founding of Chester, situated on the River Dee and one of the few towns still to be encircled by its medieval walls, dates back to 68 AD when the Roman XXth legion established a camp here. Over the centuries, the town grew in size and importance, due, in main, to its location on the river estuary. The town became a prosperous trading point and therefore a target for raiders and invaders.

This water tower was built in 1322. It not only held water in times of siege, it was also a perfect observation point to spot potential trouble-makers.

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