The Watch House
This curious old building was originally built circa 1720 as a residential dwelling. At that time the building consisted of a
ground floor room and an upstairs room; both linked by an external stone staircase running outside the building. The
building remained in residential use until 1799 when it was leased by Customs officers to watch over the shipping in the
estuary. The watch house was used in order to crack down on the amount of contraband being brought in by smugglers
up and down the River Dee. Customs continued to use the house as a base of operations until 1828 at which time the
lease of the house was passed onto local woman Mary Cunningham who was Parkgates bath house keeper at the time.
The old house still sits proudly at the Dee's edge and is still in residential use two centuries later.
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