Bridge of Sighs, Chester, Cheshire

Bridge of Sighs, Chester, Cheshire
Photograph taken 23 April 2002 © Dr John L. Wishlade . Source Historic England Archive ref: 469946

Known as the Bridge of Sighs this is a footbridge over Chester Canal. It was probably built in the late 1700s. It was used to take prisoners from the City gaol to the former Chapel of St John in the south wing of the Bluecoat School. Here they could make their peace with God before execution. It was also safer than taking them through the streets, where it would be easier for them to escape.


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Georgian (1714 - 1836)


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