Video reveals journey through time at Chester's Northgate steps
Cheshire West and Chester Council has released a video to show the extensive work taking place under the 'wrapping' at Chester's Northgate steps.
The video takes a journey through time and shows the extensive propping that has been needed to support the walls since the steps were removed, as well as remarkable Roman archaeology, medieval masonry and untouched early 19th stonework.
The Council's Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: "Following the careful dismantling of the steps, it became clear that major parts of the historic City Walls have also been destabilised.
There is no threat to safety but the use of substantial propping to secure them has allowed archaeologists to access and investigate the lower reaches of the City Wall foundations. The findings have been quite unexpected and spectacular.
"Little was previously known about the four gates on each side of Chester's Roman fortress and any surviving evidence is considered vitally important. Imaginative ways of displaying the Roman tower remains are now being explored.
"As a protected scheduled monument, all alterations and repair work have to be carried out under the guidance of Historic England.
The meticulous work and monitoring required takes time but it is essential that our precious City Walls are maintained for generations to come."
The video can be viewed here (Or search for 'Chester's Northgate works' on YouTube.)
The timescale for the repairs will depend on the results of current investigations but it will be necessary for the wall to remain closed to the public until this section of the walls is secured.
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