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Curtain Wall to West and South West of Inner Bailey

A Grade I Listed Building in Chester, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1854 / 53°11'7"N

Longitude: -2.8929 / 2°53'34"W

OS Eastings: 340430

OS Northings: 365741

OS Grid: SJ404657

Mapcode National: GBR 79.3CSW

Mapcode Global: WH88F.J6NB

Plus Code: 9C5V54P4+5R

Entry Name: Curtain Wall to West and South West of Inner Bailey

Listing Date: 1 June 1967

Last Amended: 26 February 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245537

English Heritage Legacy ID: 452991

Location: Chester Castle, Cheshire West and Chester, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Chester Castle

Built-Up Area: Chester

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Chester St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Curtain Wall to west and south-west of Inner Bailey

(formerly listed as Curtain Wall, earlier remains including Sallyport and Halfmoon Tower)



Curtain wall. After 1246 with C18, C19 and C20 additions and alterations. Bunter sandstone ashlar. Forming western side of a rectangular enclosure with a rounded corner to the south-west. Set on Saxon defensive mound at west. Western front: Half-moon tower at extreme left; semicircular in plan with battered lower level. C19 sash windows to ground and first floors facing north and east. Battlemented parapet above. Low wall extending to left linking up with the rear of B Block (q.v.). To the right the curtain wall extends with a battlemented parapet and 2 early C19 horizontal gun slits. At the south-western curved corner are a series of three buttresses with offsets. Blocked door to ground floor level between second and third of these from left. Tower to right. Slightly projecting. The height of the wall diminishes via an offset at right of this tower but the wall extends considerably lower as the earth mound dies. Arched doorway to right approached by flight of C20 concrete steps leading to sallyport steps. Southern curtain wall of 1786 adjoins to right (q.v.). Rear: Arched sally port stairway exists at left with stairway up to ramparts immediately to right of it. Brick inner face of wall at right of this with stone walkway to ramparts with C20 iron railings. Flag tower projects at centre: two storeys of Bunter sandstone with central ground floor doorway and two openings to first floor, that at left with round arch, that at right with cement lintel. To right is projecting early C19 house on the site of the Frobisher's workshop and abutting the rear of the half-moon tower. Now of three bays, though originally extending further left. Entrance front: stucco rendered on three bays. Horned sash windows to first floor with stone cills. Lateral ground floor doors with central bowed oriel of 4 x 4 horned sash panes. Jagged wall at left indicating recent demolition.

Frank Simpson - "Chester Castle AD 907-1925". Journal of the Architectural, Archaeological and Historic Society, Chester and North Wales. New Series Vol.XXVI, Part II.

Listing NGR: SJ4042865717

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