Repair work has been completed on the 200-year-old staircase linking the Chester’s ancient City Walls with St John Street.

The sandstone staircase at the rear of the Wesley Methodist Church was closed in the summer of 2008, after potential structural problems were discovered.

Extensive repair and maintenance works have involved the installation of a concealed structural steel frame.

The upper landing and some York Stone stair treads have been replaced and the hand railings replaced to meet the latest Health and Safety standards.

Said Executive Member for Prosperity, Councillor Herbert Manley: “These works were vital to stabilise the structure and I am sure people will be pleased to see the steps brought back into use once again.

“I would like to thank Wesley Methodist Church and the surrounding businesses for their patience while the construction works have progressed.”

Magnus Theobald, Project Manager, Chester Renaissance, added: “The essential work was a continuation of the recent repair and restoration work completed on this section of the walls.

“The staircase is thought to have been constructed in the early 1800’s, around the same time as the adjacent Methodist Church. Over the years it has suffered from settlement and movement, and the slender outer wall has bulged slightly.”

Reverend Neil Stacey, Superintendent Methodist Minister, said: “The Council and their contractors have undertaken these repairs with professionalism and great care.

“It’s been worth the wait to see this historic connection between the city walls and St John Street fully restored.”

The project was commissioned and project managed by Chester Renaissance working in partnership with the Cheshire West and Chester Council Bridges and Structures team.