This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wall.
As the challenge is singular I decided to go with a single photo of a wall with a long and interesting history.
This is Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the City Walls in Chester, Cheshire, England. It is thought to have been built in the 13th century but it’s what it was built onto that I find more interesting.
The Chester City Walls were built by the Romans in the 2nd century before being added to and extended in the 12th century. This section of the wall contains both Roman and Medieval masonry.
The new Lens-artists Weekly Photo Challenge is History.
As a photographer who grew up in Cheshire, England my first thought was Roman Chester, or Deva Victrix as the Romans called it when it was one of the main army camps in Roman Britain.
Having mentioned the Romans I will start with a view of the Eastgate Clock. The clock stands on top of the Eastgate, the original eastern entrance to the Roman fortress. For this shot I am standing on the city walls on the south side of the clock.
Next a visit to Bridgegate. This gate was constructed in medieval times when the Roman city walls were extended to the south to follow the north bank of the River Dee. The gate then guarded the southern entrance to the town.
Now a visit to Phoenix Tower. This tower stands at the northeast corner of the city walls. Probably constructed in the 13th century it has also been known as the Newton Tower and King Charles’ Tower in the past. Parts of this section of the wall are a mixture of Roman and Medieval masonry.
Finally some interesting features inside the city walls. In the foreground is the Chester High Cross which has a long and complicated history dating back centuries but was moved to this position in 1975. Behind the cross are some of the Chester Rows, covered walkways giving access to first floor shops and businesses. The Chester Rows are unique and date back to medieval times.
The new Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Architecture.
I thought a quick tour of the centre of my home town would be in order. One of its claims to fame is having one of the highest concentrations of listed buildings in England. The settlement dates back to Roman times when it produced salt for the Roman garrisons at Chester and Stoke-on-trent.
St Mary’s Church stands to the east of the town square. The oldest surviving building in the town, it dates back to the 14th century. One of the few buildings to survive a fire in December 1583 which destroyed most of the town to the east of the River Weaver.
The front of St Mary’s Church.
The Nantwich War Memorial on the town square with St Mary’s Church in the background.
Part of the square and some of the old buildings around it. St Mary’s Church is on the left side of the photo.
This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Sublimely Structural. It was rather well timed as I had been planning on using this photo in a post.
This is St Mary’s Church, Acton, Cheshire, England built of, presumably local, red sandstone. I say presumably local because there’s a red sandstone ridge sticking out of the Cheshire plain a few miles to the west of Acton. Parts of the Church are medieval although there are Norman era carved stones in the south aisle. The tower was built around 1180 but its top collapsed in a storm in March 1757 and was rebuilt 20 feet lower than the original tower.
The tall monument in the foreground is now a sundial but was originally a medieval cross before being converted into a sundial in the late 17th century.
Formerly known as King Charles Tower.
Six Word Saturday.