fiat_knox (fiat_knox) wrote in urban_decay,

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Chester Wall Erosion

The following pics come from my little sojourn to Chester today. They reveal the extent of the tragic erosion of the city's famous mediaeval walls.

These ancient walls are made of distinctive reddish pink local sandstone. Not fired brick. It's made the walls durable against enemies, but sadly not against time.

This sandstone dissolves into fine pink sand at the slightest provocation. Since it leaves the mortar more or less intact, you get what looks like a strange honeycombing effect as the mortar juts outward and the sandstone just recedes.

Erosion of city wall

Recorder's Steps, Chester

Below the Recorder's Steps

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