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shot tower

A very high structure, usually cylindrical and constructed of brick, once used in making lead shot for muskets. At the top of the tower, a molten alloy of lead was poured through a coarse metal screen, forming small lead globules that solidified; these pellets became spherical as they dropped, finally falling into a container of water at the base of the tower.
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A key recent announcement in this plan was the move by Liverpool-based developers Neptune for the redevelopment of Chester's 18th-century shot tower for a canalside development of apartments, shops, restaurants and bars to the landmark structure.
The shot tower was situated 75 metres south west of the chimney.
A more modern method, called the Bliemeister method, does away with the expensive-to-build shot tower.
The modem method of using shot towers to form shot is reported to have occurred in a dream in 1782.
He confirmed Stephen's view and said: "Thirty boys went on a visit to the site and were taken to the shot tower.
However, David Bruce, who was with the company from 1975 until the site was handed over to Bellway earlier this year, writes: "At its height in the last 29 years, there were more than 350 people employed on the site, many of whom will remember the shot tower coming down in the early 70s.
The Chester lead shot tower was one of only three in Britain built specifically to manufacture musket shot for the British forces in the Napoleonic War.
There was a structure of architectural and historic merit and this was the shot tower.
Spokesman Stephen Langtree said: ``The lead shot tower is a distinctive feature of the Chester skyline and a very special structure.
The other lead shot towers in Newcastle and on the banks of the River Thames in Lambeth have long been demolished.
CHESTER'S historic Lead Shot Tower could form the centrepiece of a giant leisure, industrial and residential park in an ambitious redevelopment scheme.
Spokesman Stephen Langtree said: "The Lead Shot Tower is a distinctive feature of the Chester skyline and a very special structure.