A section of Chester’s ancient walls has collapsed as private developers building luxury hotel apartments carried out excavations.
Part of the monument, which was built between 70 and 80AD, fell near Newgate Street, Chester, after Walker and Williams property developers ‘compromised the integrity of the ancient monument’.
A section of Chester’s ancient Roman walls has collapsed as private developers Walker and Williams were building luxury hotel apartments nearby. The chunk of wall fell near Newgate Street in Chester, on Thursday evening
No one was injured as a result of the collapse and investigations are under way to establish the exact cause, according to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Earth had been removed from the bottom of the walls and exposed a section of bare foundations.
The developer has now stopped work within the site to allow assessments to be done.
The earliest surviving sections of the wall date back to 120AD. Its last military use was during the English Civil War
Deputy council leader Councillor Karen Shore said: ‘The council is taking this situation very seriously and we will ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out.
‘I am thankful that no-one has been hurt as a result of this collapse and our priority will continue to be public safety.’
Chester MP Chris Matheson claimed the company had been warned about digging close to the historic monument.
The earliest surviving sections of the wall date back to 120AD.
The walls are also famous for archaic by-law which states any Welshman loitering within the city walls after sunset may be killed by decapitation or shot with a longbow.
They are forbidden from entering Chester before the sun rises and have to leave before the sun goes down.
The walls were extended when a castle was built following Oliver Cromwell’s conquest in the 11th century and their last military use was during the English Civil War.
No one was injured as a result of the subsidence and investigations are under way to establish the exact cause, according to Cheshire West and Chester Council
The walls of Chester cira 1896. In 1707 the City Assembly made a grant of £1,000 to make a walkway along the ancient monument