SJ4066 : The Phoenix Tower, Chester

taken 7 years ago, near to Chester, Cheshire, Great Britain

The Phoenix Tower, Chester
The Phoenix Tower, Chester
A view of the Phoenix Tower (also known as King Charles' Tower) taken from a temporary walkway constructed whilst renovation work is under way.
The tower probably originated in the 13th century. During the later part of the 16th century the tower was leased to two city guilds, the Painters and Stationers, and the Barbers and Chandlers, who sublet it to other guilds. By 1612 the fabric of the tower was in a poor condition, and the lead had been lost from its roof. It was restored by the two guilds, and above the door they placed a plaque containing the date 1613 and a carving of a phoenix, the emblem of the Painters. In the Civil War, during the Siege of Chester in 1645, the tower had a gun in each storey, and it was damaged in the conflict. A plaque on the tower states that King Charles I stood on the tower on 24 September 1645 as he watched his soldiers being defeated at the Battle of Rowton Heath. The historian Simon Ward has expressed doubts about this and has suggested that the king may have stood instead on a tower of Chester Cathedral, which he considers is confirmed by evidence that a captain standing beside him was killed by a stray shot.
The guilds resumed possession of the tower in 1658, and repaired it. They ceased possession by about 1773, after which the city carried out repairs. However, by 1838, the tower was described as being in a dilapidated condition. By this time, the city was promoting it as a tourist attraction because of its reputed connection with King Charles. In the late 1850s, the lower chamber was being used by a print-seller, and later in the century the tower was made a private museum.
After the present renovation is complete, it is planned to open the tower once again to the public.
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Date Taken
Monday, 5 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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Monday, 5 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Chester 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4060 6671 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.6484N 2:53.4326W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4060 6670
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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