Tour Locations | Haunted Chester: A Spooky Stroll around the Roman-Walled City
Chester Cathedral Tower
Now follow the elevated city walls, the 11th-century Chester Cathedral on your left as you walk. Don't take the steps down to your right — turn left ahead instead.
The cathedral bell tower, looming up over the gardens, played an important role in the English Civil War. Chester was a Royalist city and King Charles I himself came to Chester to watch his troops at the Battle of Rowton Heath, just outside Chester, in September 1645. The Cathedral tower proved the ideal vantage point. That is, until a sharp-shooting Roundhead sniper, took a lucky shot. He narrowly missed the king but killed the captain accompanying him to watch his eventual defeat. That Royalist captain still roams this section of the walls, eternally embarrassed that he nearly cost his king his life in the most dramatic of circumstances. Several other sites around Chester are also closely associated with this landmark battle.