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94 Watergate Street, (New Crane Street), Chester, CH1 2LF, United Kingdom

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Chester Racecourse

by Myfanwe

Chester racecourse is situated alongside the River Dee, not far from the City Centre. The racecours is famed for its' great hospitality with a great sounding restaurant on site and fixtures and events galore.

chocolate fix!

by Jonathan_C about Gabby's Creperie

On the advice of a choir girl at Chester Cathedral I walked a short 50 yards or so to find Gabby's Creperie. It's not much more than an enclosed crepe stand but there was a constant parade of what appeared to be repeat customers stopping by. I know I'll be back next time I'm in Chester. If you're in need of a chocolate fix get the chocolate marshmallow crepe. It was a little messy but oh so delicious!

Chester Castle

by iwys

Chester Castle is a Norman motte and bailey fortress. William the Conqueror ordered the original Norman castle to be built here in 1069-1070 when Chester became the last Saxon burgh to fall during his conquest of northern England. After the Saxons surrendered their city a large motte-and-bailey castle was built on the site of a Roman auxiliary fort of 79 AD, overlooking the lowest fording point of the river.

The Roman fortress-city of Deva had been refortified around 907AD by the Mercian king Aethelfleda to withstand the Danes after their expulsion from Ireland but it's unclear if the Normans reused the Saxon fort. What is known is that William destroyed half the Saxon houses in Chester to accommodate the castle and other new buildings.

The castle was gradually rebuilt in stone and one of the oldest stone buildings, dating from around 1200, still remains in an excellent state of repair. It was the original stone entrance to the inner bailey and was named Agricola's Towerr. The finely vaulted entrance passage was 8 feet wide but its outer end was walled up when a new twin-towered gate was built. The chapel of St Mary de Castro is situated directly above the entrance passage..

The oldest stone tower of the castle was the Flag Tower, built at the centre of the motte within the wooden palisade that ran around its top. When the palisade was replaced in stone it was built in line with the front of the Flag Tower so that the tower was flush with the wall instead of projecting from it. The lower half of the Flag Tower still stands although it's not visible from outside the castle. The outer bailey was provided with a high stone wall in 1247 and its former location is marked by the remains of its encircling ditch around the present day county court car park.

Both King Henry III and King Edwaed III launched their invasions of North Wales from Chester Castle. From the 17th century, the castle was used as a prison, court and tax office.

Another view of Chester's Clock

by sandysmith

The clock is worth another view as it is the second most photographed clock in Britain (after Big Ben in London of course)
The wrougt iron and gilt work was considered too fancy by many people.

From its position on the city walls there is a great view down the streets of Chester...a popular photo stop.

The Old Dee Bridge

by Balam

There are three bridges over the River Dee at Chester, the oldest is Old Dee Bridge whioch is near to the spot where the Romans first built a wooden bridge. The Old Dee Bridge dates from the 14th Centuary and was widened in 1826.

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