Views of Chester

Sue and I recently spent 2 weeks in Cheshire and one of the places we visited was the City of Chester.

Chester dates back to 79AD when the Romans built a fort there on the River Dee. It developed into a thriving settlement called Deva. It later served as an important town in the Kingdom of Mercia and during this time the first Cathedral was built. It was one of the last cities in England to submit to the Normans and William I built a castle there.

But it is medieval Chester that is most in evidence today with almost intact medieval walls and medieval buildings. Many of these were restored during the Victorian ‘Black and white Revival movement’ which was an architectural movement from 1811 to around 1900 which formed part of a wider ‘Tudor Revival’ in society. Most notable are those in the Chester Rows with their two floors of shops.

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