Chester Basin

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On the 1909 plan, Chester Basin is the unlabelled inlet two to the left of Canning Half-tide Dock, with Manchester Dock unlabelled in between.

Chester Basin was a tidal basin on the River Mersey, in Liverpool, England. The basin was situated between the Pier Head and Manchester Dock.


The basin was built between 1785 and 1795,[1] opening in 1795 as the Chester and Ellesmere Basin, and was 2,568 sq yd (2,147 m2) in area.[2] The basin was used by canal boats which had entered the river at Ellesmere Port, as well as other small craft on the Mersey,[2] and was owned by the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company.[3] The basin was filled in between 1928–36, with some of the spoil excavated during the construction of the Queensway Tunnel.[2]

In 2007, during the construction of the Liverpool Canal Link, the site was excavated. The excavation revealed various carved stones, which were identified as being from the Liverpool Town Hall of 1673.[4]


  1. ^ "Ferry Terminal Pierhead, Liverpool, Merseyside - Archaeological Evaluation Report" (PDF). Oxford Archaeology North. February 2008. pp. 9, 29. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c McCarron & Jarvis 1992, pp. 25–26
  3. ^ Jarvis 1988, p. 24
  4. ^ "Liverpool Canal Link, May 2007 - page 2". Pennine Waterways. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2016.


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Coordinates: 53°24′13″N 2°59′46″W / 53.4036°N 2.9961°W / 53.4036; -2.9961