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A Brief History

Its history can be traced with certainty to the Domesday Book, which contains an entry for "Christletone", though there is evidence of earlier occupation.

According to Hemingway, it was during abbacy of Simon at the Cathedral that:

  • A cistern twenty feet square was made at Christleton and another formed within the cloisters and a communication established by pipes which a patent from Edward I enabled the monks to carry through all intervening lands permitting even the city walls to be taken clown for the purpose It is observable that a forester of Delamere Randle de Merton whose estate was trespassed on in consequence of this order ventured on cutting off the pipes which the abbots had laid for which he was ordered to make reparation by a royal mandate (13 Edward I)

The site of the well at Christleton was long known as "The abbot's well" and lies some short distance from what is now the the Abbot's Well Hotel.

The Sewage Pump

Christleto is the home to a disused "sewerage lift" which often confuses visitors and those passing through. The lift was installed around 1900 by Adams of York, and the visible part consists of a tower with a tank housing at the top. Clean water is supplied from the mains and fills up the tank. Once full, the water is released (rather like flushing a toilet) the energy of the falling water is used to lift the contents of the local sewers a few feet upwards, and get them over a rise in the ground. This means that the sewers can discharge "uphill" into the Chester city sewers rather than "downhill" into the River Dee.