Camera Obscura

Bonewaldesthorne’s Tower is a grade I listed tower set upon the western bluff of Chester Wall’s.

It’s history belies the history of re-use and re-purposing of historic buildings throughout the centuries.

Initially it was a defensive tower built in the C13th. In 1838 it became a museum, and in 1840 a Camera Obscura was installed – relaying the panorama of Chester from the tower rooftop.

Over time the ownership of the tower passed hands but it remained a dedicated museum.

Grosvenor are proud to have been involved with the renewed conservation, research and refurbishment of the tower as a part of the Portico Project.

The full gamut of our skills were needed to conserve the existing structure and also to install a new interior which augmented the existing camera obscura and provided a comfortable educational environment for its visitors.