Chester: a Virtual Stroll Around the Walls
Maps and Aerial Photographs of Chester
Chester from the Air: Construction of the Inner Ring Road c. 1965
St. Martin's Way, the newly-constructed elevated section of the Inner
Ring Road cuts through the City Walls at St. Martin's Gate (bottom of
picture), crosses the canal and railway and sweeps above the Victorian
rooftops around Garden Lane before meeting the Fountains Roundabout
at the foreshortened end of Northgate
Street. This roundabout was described by the press at the time
of its opening in 1967 as "Chester's most notable non-place": it was
provided with lawns, flowerbeds and fountains, but allowed no safe pedestrian
access. Pesvenor commented upon it, "The roundabout with the well-intentioned
fountain destroys the street continuity, and indeed the town scale".
Beyond the roundabout, many buildings have still to be cleared to make
way for the St. Oswald's Way section of the Ring Road and to its left,
the road splits into two- into the present Liverpool Road and Parkgate
Road- as it has done since before Roman times.
The city's North Wall, which
closely follows the line of the Roman original, runs vertically up the
right hand side of the picture, parallel with the Shropshire Union Canal.
The British Telecom office buildings in the bottom left-hand corner
were demolished in 1998 as part of British Waterway's redevelopment
of Tower Wharf.
Go here to see
some more photographs of the building of Chester's Inner Ring Road.
Go on to another aerial photograph of Chester...
Maps & Aerial