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    Queens Park Suspension Bridge

    by Balam Updated Apr 27, 2010

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    Queens Park Suspension Bridge was built in 1923 to replace a private bridge constructed in 1859 to link the new suburb of Queens Park with the City. It offers some good views of the river and it is from between this and the Old Dee Bridge that you can get one of the boats that offer cruises up the river.

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    half timbered houses

    by Jonathan_C Updated Oct 15, 2003

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    Why is it that we can't build like this any more? It seems obvious that people love this type of construction but the bottom line, short time horizon culture we've created makes it next to impossible. At least we can enjoy the fruits of earlier generations' labors.

    Sigh...

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by bugalugs Written Apr 17, 2006

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    No you are not mistaken this is not Venice but Chester where this Bridge of Sighs is situated.

    The bridge is built over the Shropshire Union Canal, and was built in 1793. This was a link between the jail and a chapel situated in the Blue Coat Hospital. The bridge was used by prisoners who walked across the bridge to the chapel to receive their 'Last Rites' before they were executed. The bridge at the time had railings so the prisoners could not attempt suicide.

    The Blue Coat Hospital was built in 1717 and originally a charity school.

    The jail at the time was built into Northgate and the dungeons were cut into the rock below the city walls, they had no windows and air was let in through pipes.
    It is also said that this area is haunted, but then again with so many executions I suppose it would be.

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    Grosvenor Museum

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 1, 2011

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    Here you can discover the history of Chester and the people who have made it so special.It houses an impressive collection of Roman Tombstones,along with fascinating displays that build a picture of Roman Chester.Explore Chester's impressive geology and natural history as well as Victorian,Georgian and Edwardian pieces.

    The museum is free entry
    opening times:mon till sat 10.30am-5.00pm
    sun 1.00pm-4.00pm

    Outside Roman Soldier Roman tombstones History of Chester displays
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    St John the Baptist Church

    by bugalugs Written Apr 17, 2006

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    In 1862 Saxon coins which were minted in the reign of Edward the Elder who reigned from 899-925 were found buried under the church. At the same time some saxon crosses and other artefacts were also found and these are displayed in the church.

    Also the church is said to be haunted. Schoolboys apparently saw a monk on the spiral staircase leading to the bell tower and other witnesses saw a nun in the graveyard.

    Me looking at some artefacts Font Old relics
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    Gods Providence

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

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    Gods Providence House in Watergate Street was originally built in 1652 which was 4 years after a plague killed 2,000 Chester inhabitants in only 10 months.
    The motto on it's frontage 'Gods providence is mine inheritance' is an expression of thanks that no members of the family died during the epidemic.

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    Changing the Guard

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

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    If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday during the Summer make sure you are at the Eastgate Arch at Midday to watch the changing of the Roman Guard.
    It is an hour long inspection and parade which can involve up to 25 soldiers in full Roman military costume.

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  • The Tudor House

    by sabsi Written May 7, 2003

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    The plaque on the Tudor House says that it is the oldest town of Chester (from 1503). Experts, however, think that it's more likely been built in 1603.

    Oh well, it's definitely a cute house and it's definitely leaning over to the right!!

    The Tudor House, Chester
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  • Bear and Billet Inn

    by sabsi Written May 7, 2003

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    The house this pub is in must be one of the most beautiful buildings in Chester! The front is half timbered with more than 1000 pieces of glass in the windows!

    We had a drink in the pub and it was quite nice as well. The building is more beautiful from the outside though!

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    Grosvenor Museum

    by Andrew_W_K Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Pronounced Grovenor this has long been Chester's main museum and if I'm being honest it's looking a bit tired too. I hate to be critical of museums especially when they are free to enter, as this one is, but with the rich history that Chester has I expected a bit more from it's museum.
    On the ground floor there are Roman artifacts, coins and inscribed tombstones that have been unearthed and a video room where you can see a film about the Chester timeline. On the first floor there is an interesting silver collection, a small natural history display and an art gallery. There is also a museum shop.
    Allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for a visit.

    Grosvenor museum reception Roman tombstone Roman coins
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    St John the Baptist Church

    by bugalugs Written Apr 17, 2006

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    This was actually the first cathedral of Chester. There has been a church on this spot since 689. Rebuilt in the 19th century, however building creased and it wasnt completed until the end of the 13th century. In 1541 a new diocese of Chester was formed and the seat of the Bishop moved to the abbey of St Werburgh which is the Cathedral which we know of today. Therefore St Johns was demoted under the reign of Henry VIII to a parish church.
    Part of the church is actually in ruins, yet the main building stands tall and is still a huge part of the community.

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  • The Albion Inn

    by sabsi Written May 7, 2003

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    HAHA I loved the sign outside this "family hostile" pub next to the city walls:

    No chips - fry ups - silly foil portions - u.h.t and designer drinks
    No children - no plastic playground - music-machines - big screens
    Plenty good food - wines - real ale - atmosphere
    Family Hostile!

    A great pub ad!
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    Ye Olde Kings Head

    by Myfanwe Written Apr 22, 2010

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    This is a really great old inn which dates from 1622. It is reputedly haunted. Inside there are some great timber beams which in parts of the dining room originated from the timber of Ships - a reminder that Chester was once a port. In the 17th and 18th Centuries, the Randle Holmes family of Chester, four of whom were antiquarians and herald painters, lived here.

    Today Ye Olde Kings Head is a friendly pub and restaurant offering some great Olde English accomodation (see Accomodation tip). The night we were there we were entertained by a live singer/guitarist who was great and provided a lovely atmosphere.

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    The Abbey Square

    by Myfanwe Written Apr 25, 2010

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    This lovely quiet little square used to be home to a kiln, brewery, bakery, kitchens and storehouses, all there to service the medieval abbey of St Werburgh. The forman Grorgian terraces which not border the green are 18th and 19th Century, although earlier features may be concealed behind their facades. Where the green is now, there used to be a fountain which was used to refresh thirsy carthorses of years gone by.

    The Cross in the centre of the square is thought ot come from the old Exchange. The York-stone wheelers can be seen set into the cobbles; these were for the comfort of people travelling by coach.

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    Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

    by Kaysta Written Apr 25, 2007

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    It has 120 designer shops at discount price, need i say more? Upto 50% off designer gear! It was an istant WOW when i arrived here. It litrally is a village! Each shop is designed to look like a house - far the best designer outlet that i have been to! It also has 10 places to eat - a good excuse not to venture else where whilst your here...it has everything you need!

    I'd recommend a full day here - theres a lot to see and definately is well worth it! A lot of bargains to be had!

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