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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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Cheshire developer Whitecroft Group is creating 54 one and two-bedroom apartments, 15 two and three-bedroom duplex apartments and three four-bedroom townhouses at the site of Chesters historic 18th century shot tower and former lead works.
The isolation of the shot tower, way away from the human habitation, may be due to safety concerns.
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 first shot tower in America was built in 1808 in Philadelphia.
This summer you can be ejected from a fighter plane and fall more than 200 feet to earth in the country's first Space Shot Tower which catapults riders skywards at 80mph.
Mold Crown Court heard how despite earning between PS100,000 and PS120,000 a year, Bradshaw, of Shot Tower Close in Chester, ordered mobile phones which were not needed by the company and sold them on.
The site's famous shot tower, erected in 1796, was demolished in the 1960s and the 56ft 19th Century chimney was flattened two years ago.
I asked for your input after former Newcastle West End resident Stephen Johnson suggested a chimney which was demolished at the former Calders Leadworks was, in fact, a shot tower.
CHESTER'S historic lead shot tower is to be given a new lease of life as the centrepiece of a new leisure, industrial and residential park.
The UK's first Space Shot tower will catapult riders 210ft into the air at 80mph, thrusting them back down again for an incredible free-fall descent.
David Bradshaw, 50, of Shot Tower Close in Chester, and Warren Clays, 39, of Plas Maen Home Farm, Ffrwd Road at Cefnybedd near Mold, appeared at Mold Crown Court yesterday and admitted that between January and April, 2014, they conspired together to commit fraud by making a false representation, namely the sale of company mobile phones, intending to make a gain for themselves and to cause a loss to Control Group Services.
There was a structure of architectural and historic merit and this was the shot tower. In 1969, Associated Lead applied for permission to demolish the tower as it was unsafe.