Newgate, Chester

Newgate, Chester

Newgate is an arch bridge carrying the walkway of the city walls over Pepper Street in Chester, Cheshire, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[1] The bridge was built in 1938 to relieve traffic congestion in the city, especially at Chester Cross. This involved making a new breach in the city walls.[2]

The bridge is constructed in red sandstone. It was designed by Sir Walter Tapper and his son, Michael. On each side of the bridge is a tower containing mock loops (unglazed slit windows) and surmounted by hipped roofs. Flights of steps on each side lead up to the towers and to the walkway across the top of the bridge. The structure is decorated with carved shields and Tudor roses.[1] The historian Simon Ward expresses the opinion that "its design conformed to the generally medieval feel of the walls".[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Newgate, Chester", The National Heritage List for England (English Heritage), 2011,, retrieved 16 May 2011 
  2. ^ a b Ward, Simon (2009), Chester: A History, Chichester: Phillimore, pp. 110–111, ISBN 9781-86077-499-7 

Coordinates: 53°11′20″N 2°53′17″W / 53.18902°N 2.88819°W / 53.18902; -2.88819