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  Bridge of Sighs
by bugalugs

No you are not mistaken this is not Venice but Chester where this Bridge of Sighs is situated.

The bridge is built over the Shropshire Union Canal, and was built in 1793. This was a link between the jail and a chapel situated in the Blue Coat Hospital. The bridge was used by prisoners who walked across the bridge to the chapel to receive their 'Last Rites' before they were executed. The bridge at the time had railings so the prisoners could not attempt suicide.

The Blue Coat Hospital was built in 1717 and originally a charity school.

The jail at the time was built into Northgate and the dungeons were cut into the rock below the city walls, they had no windows and air was let in through pipes.
It is also said that this area is haunted, but then again with so many executions I suppose it would be.

Address: Upper Norhgate Street
Directions: Beside Northgate
Website: http://www.chesterwalls.info

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 17, 2006
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