Chester’s city walls are set to be repaired using Roman red sandstone blocks recently found in Northgate development excavations, with archaeologists believing that the blocks - which are to be dressed to provide a perfect match with sandstone used during initial construction of the walls - were quarried locally around 2,000 years ago.
According to the Chester Standard, Oxford Archaeology and contractor VINCI Construction UK have been working together since July to find signs of Roman life and other historical artefacts in the local area.
Regional director for the north-west of VINCI Garry Bowker spoke of the company’s delight in being able to help preserve Chester’s history, giving “new life” to the stone blocks that were first used in the building of the city by our Roman predecessors thousands of years ago.
Karen Shore, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, made further comments, saying: “It is very pleasing to be able to recycle these stone blocks and help repair our city walls for future generations to enjoy.
“Thanks to the careful work of the archaeologists and the skill of our stonemasons we can continue to enjoy the unique look of Cheshire’s red sandstone.”
The Northgate project itself is a development of open streets, plazas and parades that will integrate with the surrounding parts of the city centre. Included in the development will be new parking, a reinvigorated indoor market, cafes, bars and restaurants, a six-screen cinema and co-working office spaces.
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