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Chester –- England’s walled city

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An April 2004 trip to Chester by Drever

Chester from the River Dee  Photo, Chester, England More Photos
Quote: Chester is a beautiful city famous for its unique black-and-white rows. The basic design is still that of the Roman fortress Deva. Within its only complete city walls in Britain is a treasure trove of archaeological and architectural riches dating from Roman times.

Chester –- England’s walled city

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Overview

Chester from the River Dee  Photo, Chester, England
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Chester is a treasure trove of archaeological and architectural riches dating from the Roman occupation. Originally the fortress of Deva with its massive harbour on the River Dee and its position on the Welsh border had strategic importance. After the Romans withdrew the city fell prey to marauding Danes and Saxons arriving in their long ships up the river. The Normans arrived around 1070. They built Chester Castle and a revival began leading to Chester became a wealthy port serving Scotland, Ireland, France and Spain. In the Middle Ages the town built the famous Rows. Henry VIII in 1541 made Chester a bishopric. By the 15th century, the River Dee began to silt up and the sea borne tr...Read More

Roman Walls

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Attraction | "Exploring Roman Chester"

Roman Walls Photo, Chester, England
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The walls surrounding the heart of Chester date back to Roman times. Originally built of turf, which later gave way to stone walls. The Romans built their fortress Dewa around AD 79 as a military base. The position gave access to the sea and a control point over north Wales and the surrounding countryside. Often in Britain, beneath our streets are the remains of buildings and cities extending back through the centuries. Nowhere is this truer than in Chester. Parts of the Old Roman fort peek out from the modern city. A part of the Roman Harbour Wall is visible at the base of the wall above the racecourse. Over time the course of the river has shifted and the racecourse sits on the silted up forme...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Roman Walls

Chester, England

Chester Cathedral

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Attraction

Chester Cathedral Photo, Chester, England
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Chester Cathedral’s squat blackened mass sits ill with the pristine town around it. Its pinnacles, flying buttresses and turrented tower seems to lack good taste. Inside though it is stunning. The cathedral is a significant building historically and architecturally. Each year it welcomes one million visitors from all over the world. The original church dating perhaps to Roman times, in the 11th century was replaced. In turn the first Norman Earl of Chester in 1092 founded the Benedictine Abbey of St Werburgh on the site. He had cloisters, refectory, kitchens, dormitory, bakery, brew-house, infirmary and a wine cellar built around the church. About 1250 the monks of Chester influenced...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Chester Cathedral
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Chester, England
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Roman Walls

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Attraction | "Chester's City Wall Walk"

Roman Walls Photo, Chester, England
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Stand on Chester City wall and you are standing on 2000 years of history. Romans patrolled these walls. They built in turf to protect their playing-card-shaped fortress, Dewa. They and others later strengthened the wall by rebuilding in stone. In the 10th century the wall kept out marauding Vikings. The Parliamentarians however during the Civil War simply kept the citizens in by siege until they starved and surrendered. During the 17th century, the walls became the two-mile circular walk that exists today. The city walls are the only complete ones left in Britain. Access to the walls exists at its gates and at other points. There are also various wheelchair access ramps. The width of the wall i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2004

Roman Walls

Chester, England

Chester's Rows

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Attraction | "Chester's famous Rows"

Chester's Rows Photo, Chester, England
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The rows of timber and lath buildings fronted by verandas on top of sturdy cellars heaved as a giant force pushing them upwards until the cellars almost reached street level and the verandas reached one floor up. Quickly adapting to the new elevation the residents created doors and windows from the cellars to the street. Such was my fantasy of how Chester’s Rows must have been created. If Chester’s Rows were the result of modern planning they would probably gain the highest award. In fact the builders dug down a few feet, hit rock so elected to build the cellars almost at street level. It seems likely the stone from Deva now forms the ‘cellar’ part of the houses as the extent of the Rows coincid...Read More

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Chester's Rows

Chester, England

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Drever

Drever
Ayr, United Kingdom

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