CHESTER is taking recycling to another level by reusing Roman stone blocks found in Northgate development excavations to patch up the city walls.

Contractor VINCI Construction UK and archaeologists Oxford Archaeology have been working together to find signs of Roman life and other historical artefacts since work started on site in July.

Archaeologists believe the red sandstone blocks are likely to have been quarried locally in either the Groves area near the river or in the vicinity of Delamere Street and George Street, around 2,000 years ago.

The blocks will be dressed ready for use in repairing the city walls to provide a perfect match with sandstone used when the walls were first built.

Councillor Karen Shore, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, said: “It is very pleasing to be able to ‘recycle’ these stone blocks and help repair our city walls for future generations to enjoy.

“Thanks to the careful work of the archaeologists and the skill of our stonemasons we can continue to enjoy the unique look of Cheshire’s red sandstone.”

Garry Bowker, regional director for the Northwest of VINCI Construction UK Limited said: “We are delighted to help preserve Chester’s past and give new life to these stone blocks first used by our Roman predecessors building in Chester thousands of years ago.”

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