Chester city walls repair uncovers Roman gate tower remains

The previously undocumented remains of a Roman tower have been found by workers repairing Chester’s city walls.

The stone foundations at Northgate were found under a set of 19th Century steps, which had been declared unsafe.

Archaeologists believe the tower was one of a pair that once flanked the northern entrance to the Roman fort on which the city was founded.

Local councillor Louise Griffiths said the “vitally important” discovery would better understanding of the fort.

The team investigating the foundations had also found evidence of the wooden gateway that preceded the stone tower and of the later medieval gateway which replaced it. Read more.