Monuments: City Centre (Watergate)
The High Cross
Watergate Street, Chester. CH1 2HG
The Grade II listed Chester High Cross stands at the centre of the city and is a popular meeting point. During the summer months Chester's town crier makes a midday proclamation from its steps. The cross is constructed in red sandstone. It consists of a crown surmounted by a finial with a ball on its top.
The city of Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained the tradition of regular midday proclamations at a fixed place and time. Located at the pedestrianised intersection of the four main streets of Chester, the High Cross has been the site of proclamations since the Middle Ages. As one writer has said, “At the Cross we are upon ground hallowed by as long a succession of civic incidents as any spot in our kingdom.”
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Chester Cross Proclamation: June to August, 12noon Tuesday to Saturday (11am on Race Days - please check the website for any late changes).
Advance booking is not required.
Located in the city centre at the junction of Watergate Street and Bridge Street.
Chester railway station: 15 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
The High Cross, Watergate Street, Chester. CH1 2HG
Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020
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