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Phoenix Tower, Chester

Phoenix Tower, Chester

A topographical carte-de-visite showing a view of Phoenix Tower, which stands at the northeast corner of the city walls of Chester in Cheshire.

The red sandstone structure probably originated in the 13th century. Restored once in the early 17th century by two city guilds, by the early 19th century the tower had fallen into disrepair again. However by the middle of the century it had become a tourist attraction, on account of its putative link with King Charles I, who, it was widely believed, had watched the Battle of Rowton Heath (1645) from the top of the tower.

Photographed by Francis Bedford.

Code: 126085
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