The Rows, Chester
The rows are two-story shops in the centre of Chester. So there are shops on street level and on top of those shops are "balconies" that you can walk along and shops you can go into. Sort of like in a modern shopping mall.
The rows of Chester are unique covered walkways which house a fantastic array of shops restaurants and Inns. They probably date from the 13th Century. At that time buildings commonly consisted of a cellar or undercroft which was used as a shop or warehouse. In Chester, the undercrofts could not be builts below ground because of the bedrock so the halls were raised above street level with shops in front of them, with private chambers situated above. From the 16th Century, the upper chambers were enlarged and small shops were built together with the first floor walkways which formed continuous rows and a double-tiered arrangement of shops.
The rows are wonderfully restored period buildings (shops) in the main st of Chester.
Its wonderful to wander round here and imagine what it actually looked like in times gone by. You get a good idea anyhows.
This is Britain's best collection of half-timbered houses. Dating from the 13th century, they have all been well-maintained, and now comprise a group of shops, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses. It's a perfect place to just hang out.
The city has been a bustling and commercial centre since medieval times. The Rows have an unclear history, but they do offer a location to shops above street level and away from the street and weather. The shops on the upper level are interesting and meet most if not all our needs.
They are located within the confines of the four main shopping streets of the old city centre. They are somewhat unique and are approximately 700 years old - no other city seems to have this kind of building.
Unique to Chester are these half-timbered buildings with rows of shops in the ground and upper floor. The shops on the upper floors are accessible through steps. The buildings are mostly from the 16th century, but some date back to the 13th. In between, there are even some Victorian and modern ones which filled the gaps of once destroyed buildings of its kind.
The Rows are one of the best-known sights in Chester. “Crap Towns” describe them as an excuse for fitting twice as many shops as is decent into a building.
The splendid black and white half-timbered buildings of The Rows in Chester's town centre are unique galleried walkways containing shops on two levels. These have existed since Medieval times but have been rebuilt and renovated over time and a closer look reveals that most of the current buildings are in fact Victorian or even Edwardian.
Chester is a quaint little Roman town in England. During my visit in November 2001, the main street of Chester was decorated with Christmas lights. The Rows of Chester are old half timbered houses with shops at street level and covered walkways on top of them. They are now occupied by shops selling a variety of goods.
A short walk from The Rows brought me through the Roman walls to the River Dee which flows through Chester.
Just off the Cathedral, these houses line a small street, more or less linking the Town/City Hall with Eastgate.
From what I've heard, even though these houses may look highly medieval, they actually date from the Victorian Era. If that's true, then the street represents one of the oldest attempts at restoration and period architecture that I've seen. If not, it's still quite cool.
The Rows of Chester are old half timbered houses with shops at street level and covered walkways on top of them.
There's a nice mixture of unique shops and the usual shops in these houses.