Monument details

HER Number:12000/12
Type of record:Building
Name:Chester City Walls - Northgate


The Northgate was flanked by two towers and surmounted by the City Gaol, which was under the control of the city sheriffs. The sheriffs received tolls here, in return for which they kept the gaol and dungeons, attended the stocks and hanged condemned prisoners. The medieval northgate was demolished in 1808, replaced by a neo-classical arch designed by Harrison in 1810.


Monument Types

  • DRAWBRIDGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GAOL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GATE (Medieval to AD 19TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1808 AD)
  • GATEHOUSE (Medieval to AD 19TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1808 AD)
  • TOWN DEFENCES (Medieval to AD 19TH CENTURY - 1066 AD? to 1808 AD)
  • GATE (AD 19TH CENTURY to AD 21st CENTURY - 1810 AD to 2050 AD)
Protected Status:Area of Archaeological Importance: Chester & Boughton Area of Archaeological Importance; Conservation Area (Active) 083: City Centre (Chester) Conservation Area; Listed Building (old) (I) 595-1/1/301: Title not entered; Scheduled Monument 1006785: The Walls, Tower, Gates and Posterns of The City of Chester; Listed Building (I) 1376370: THE NORTHGATE

Related records

12000Related to: Chester City Walls (Monument)
12007Related to: Medieval and Post Medieval City Defences (all records) (Monument)

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