King Charles’ Tower on Chester City walls was open to the general public over two weekends in September , a rare treat.
The opening of King Charles’ Tower was part of Heritage Open Days 2022 – 9th-18th September – England’s largest festival of history and culture where each September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate history and culture.
Visitors were able to tour the two-storey tower free of charge, courtesy of volunteers from Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust (CHBPT) and learn more about its fascinating history and restoration in 2013. Mike Graham, English Civil War Re-enactor entertained visitors and enriched the experience.
Tony Barton, Chair of Trustees for CHBPT said: “We had over 800 visitors go round the two floors of the Tower and leave generous donations for the work of CHBPT. This is probably the first time the Tower has been open to the public for over four years. Mike Graham was a fantastic addition for visitors and the children loved him, he really brought some of the history of the Tower to life.”
Jane Harrad-Roberts, a Volunteer at CHBPT added; “Many visitors thought we’d opened the Tower to honour the new King Charles III but it was coincidental. However, if he or Prince William the new Earl of Chester choose to visit soon, I’m sure we can open the Tower again for them.”
Visitors were asked for a voluntary donation to the work of Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust.
LtoR: 1. Mike Graham instructing and 2. outside the upper floor of King Charles’ Tower, 3. Jane Harrad-Roberts, Mike Graham and Tony Barton.
This and next weekend 10th and 11th, 17th and 18th September 2022, between 10am and 4pm, walkers around Chester City Walls will be able to venture into King Charles’ Tower, a rare treat.
This Grade I listed tower stands on the North-East corner of the city walls over-looking the canal. Parts of the tower date back to the 13th Century. It is called King Charles’ Tower because on the 24th of September 1645, King Charles stood on the tower and watched his army that was defeated in the battle of Rowton Moor earlier in the day, return towards the City.
The Inscription above the door reads: ‘King Charles Stood on this Tower Sept. 24 1645. And saw his army defeated on Rowton Moor’ however you can’t see Rowton Moor from the tower.
Visitors will be able to tour the two-storey tower free of charge, courtesy of volunteers from Chester Historic Buildings Preservation Trust (CHBPT) and learn more about its fascinating history and restoration in 2013.
Tony Barton, Chair of Trustees for CHBPT said: “We are delighted to be able to show members of the public round the tower these weekends and look forward to them especially enjoying the motion activated talking history of the tower that we have installed.”
He added; “Back in 2013 Donald Insall Associates completed the tower’s restoration in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, who did well to secure funding from the European PORTICO project, so that there was no cost to the tax payer in carrying out this work.”
Visitors will be asked for a voluntary donation to the work of Chester Historic Buildings Preservation Trust.
More information: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/king-charles-tower
The opening of King Charles’ Tower is part of Heritage Open Days 2022 (HODs) – 9th-18th September – England’s largest festival of history and culture where each September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate history and culture. Visitors can see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.
Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust was represented at the launch of Chester’s Heritage Festival for 2022 last month. The launch took place at Chester Racecourse on Roman Day 28th May and gave details of over 80 events as the Festival returned in ‘full force’ for 2022.