The Rows, Chester

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    The Rows

    by sandysmith Updated May 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Rows are probably the most often photographed sight in Chester, a series of half-timbered buildings joined with long galleries, looking like a Tudor shopping mall -most are in fact Victorian! There is not one single "Rows" but several complexes of houses in the same style, with the best examples on Watergate, Eastgate and Bridge Street. The layout of the Rows goes back to the 13th century. There were shops or warehouses at street level, with a long gallery above, reached by steps from the street level.

    Fondest memory: 1 Bridge Street - the corner buildings at The Cross are the most famous of Chester's Victorian 'black-and-white' revival. They were designed by the local architect T.M. Lockwood and are dated 1888.

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