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City’s King Charles Tower welcomes stonemasons

West Cheshire College apprentices demonstrate their craft

Stone Mason apprentice Tom Paterson at the King Charles Tower

Apprentice stonemasons from Chester’s West Cheshire College are moving into King Charles Tower on the City Walls to demonstrate their craft.

The Tower is open on Fridays throughout the summer, giving visitors a chance to not only look inside the Tower but also see the craftsmen at work.

Executive member for culture and economy, Cllr Stuart Parker, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to learn about the fascinating heritage craft of stone masonry, in addition to seeing the results of the award winning restoration work in the Tower.”

Shadow spokesperson for culture and economy, Cllr Louise Gittins, said: “The college welcomed the opportunity to showcase the skills of their students in such an historic environment and I am sure that visitors will be fascinated by the stonemasons’ skills.”

The King Charles Tower will be one of the many buildings opening its doors in September for Heritage Open Days, and following the success of last year, the stonemasons will return to showcase heritage skills.

The City Walls and Towers restoration was part of a European-funded Interreg project –Portico.

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