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Favorite thing: Chester began its recorded history when the Romans built a fort next to the River Dee around 75 AD. The Roman fort was called Deva and began as a wooden construction. It had a ditch outside and an earth embankment with a wooden palisade on top. At the start of the 2nd century parts of the fort were replaced with stone.
During the Medieval period Chester was the largest port in the north west of England. Even today there is still evidence from that era, the stone narrow bridge across the River Dee leading to Handbridge was the only river crossing into Chester.
Written May 13, 2010
Favorite thing: Its position on the River Dee once made Chester the most important port in north-west England. The river is 110 km long and flows from the mountains of Snowdonia, through Chester, down to its estuary between Wales and the Wirral Peninsula, where it discharges into the Irish Sea.
The river passes and around the Earl's Eye meadow. The river side is used as a recreation area with a bandstand, benches and boat cruises, by two bridges. The first is the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge, which forms the only exclusively pedestrian footway across the river in Chester. The second is the Old Dee Bridge, a road bridge and by far the oldest bridge in Chester, being built in about 1387 on the site of a series of wooden predecessors which dated originally from the Roman period.
Above the Old Dee Bridge, the river has a weir, which was built by Hugh Lupus to supply power to his corn mills. Following th construction of th weir in the late nineteenth century, the river here silted up and became shallower and slower.
Nowadays, the river is mostly used by pleasure boats.
Updated Feb 10, 2009
Favorite thing: To all who are interested in our lovely city, we present 'Chester: a Virtual Stroll Around the Walls'- www.bwpics.co.uk/chester.html
It's an informal- but very informative- guided tour of the most complete circuit of Roman/ medieval city walls in the UK and contains original photographs, drawings and maps, colourful tales from history and recorded impressions from over 800 years of Chester's visitors.
In addition, we have news of local environmental and planning developments, links to interesting places, and lots of regularly-updated useful information for the scholar and visitor. We welcome your visit!
If you're visiting Chester, join us to explore the world famous walls- the most complete in Britain- and discover the rest of our lovely city as well. Quick introductory tours of the city centre or lengthy and detailed study walks upon specific themes, the choice is yours. Available all year round, reasonably priced, friendly, informal and very informative- www.bwpics.co.uk/guidedwalks.html
Written Sep 30, 2006
Favorite thing: This canal dates to 1772 and was originally the Chester canal. It linked Chester and Nantwich. In the 1790's the canal was extended to Ellesmere Port and to Shropshire and would have brought considerable cargo and investments to all the towns along the way.
Written May 29, 2006
Favorite thing: In the mid 1600's there was the civil war when Charles I fled Chester to leave the city to look after itself!
Chester was once a busy port but apparently the harbour silted over which meant a great loss in trade. However then came the cancals and with these people prospered again with goods being transported on the canal barges.
Written May 3, 2006
Favorite thing: Chester has certainly had its share of history. After the Romans, then the Vikings, who were kicked out by Aethel Flaeda, who was the daugher of 'Alfred the Great'.
Then 4 years after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Chester was taken over by William the Conqueror who then appointed his newphew Hugh the Wolf (sounds like the name of a wrestler!) as the first Earl of Chester.
Written May 3, 2006
Favorite thing: Chester is a 45 minute train ride from Liverpool. Return costs about 4 pounds. Its an hour from Manchester.
One of the rare cities which looks like one pulled right out a children's fairy tale book. You will feel the charm of this place in the air.
I was in Chester for about 3 months and really, I would want to live there again. Small city, very friendly people and fewer problems than most other cities in England.
Its a GREAT place to shop! Try Burtons in the Chester Grosvenor for clothes. Really cheap but good shoes at ShoeFayers in the Chester market).
Try sipping a coffee sitting outside of Starbucks right in the city centre. Charming old buildings...
The area near the eastgate clock and the cathedral are great.
If you have time - you can also visit the BEST place to shop in the UK. From the Bus exchange, take the Bus No. 1 which will take you to Cheshire Oaks... The biggest outlet shopping destination in the whole of europe. I had bought a couple of GAP jeans from here at 5 pounds each!!!!
If you are with kids - take them to Chester Zoo...
Chester does not much of nightlife, but there is this place called Freak near the cathedral...I have heard it is good.
Spend 3-4 hours in Chester... you'll find the place great. That's for sure...
Written Jul 16, 2004
Favorite thing: If your kids are not already fans of Asterix and Obelix you should consider introducing it to them before your trip to Chester. All of the Asterix books are a joy to read and are liberally seasoned with historical fact (along with lots of fiction). Reading several of them will leave you with a sense of the world of Roman legionaries at the time of Julius Ceasar. It was Julius Ceasar who first invaded Britannia, though he did not stay, and knowing about this period will give the the context you need to understand the conquest of Britain that occurred about one hundred years later.
Updated Oct 31, 2003
Favorite thing: To get the most from your visit to Chester you will want to do some background reading. You should certainly include a book on Roman Britain (there are many) so that you can appreciate why the Romans were here and what life must have been like for them. You will understand Agricola's reasons for establishing a major castra (fortress) on the Deva Fluvius (River Dee) and Trajan's reasons for reconstructing it in stone only 23 years later. The Roman settlement of Britain lasted some 400 years and is a fascinating period to read about.
Updated Oct 13, 2003
Favorite thing: I had always thought of Prince Valiant as a pretty dumb comic as a kid and it wasn't until my own son checked a Prince Valiant compilation out of the library that I began to realize what an awe inspiring work it is. The Prince Valiant series has incredible graphics, multifaceted characters and tons and tons of relatively accurate history. There is no easier or more enjoyable way to get a sense of life in England immediately following the departure of the Roman legions. If you want the complete picture of Roman influence in Britain you should probably finish off with Prince Valiant.
Written Oct 11, 2003
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