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TWO OF CHESTER'S TIMBERED TREASURES ABOVE THE ROWS IN WATERGATE STREET

TWO OF CHESTER'S TIMBERED TREASURES ABOVE THE ROWS IN WATERGATE STREET

From Chester Cross Watergate Street leads westwards down the hill to the Watergate, which, like the Water Tower seen in the preceding page, no longer stands by the water. In the street are perhaps the finest surviving of the city's timbered houses. Number 29 is called Bishop Lloyd's Palace (left) and was built in 1615. On the same side of the street but nearer the Cross is the building called God's Providence House, put up in 1652 but reconstructed in 1862. On the beam which supports the ceiling of the "row" is carved "God's Providence is mine Inheritance." The inscription is supposed to refer to the fact that this house was the only one in Watergate Street to escape an epidemic of plague in the seventeenth century.

Other pictures from Historic Chester and Shrewsbury


TOWERS OF CHESTER'S RAMPARTS AND THE ABBOT'S GATEWAY

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY BRIDGE GATE AND THE WALK ALONG THE RAMPARTS

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