For many years I was a regular visitor to Chester. Our little company had its main office there and we used to hold courses in town centre hotels. So I used to have to drive over to the city every couple of weeks or so. The visits were for business purposes, but I did sometimes pop into the city centre to nosey round the shops or just have a bit of a wander. Over the years, things changed. We started using hotels on the outskirts of the city and then even started using hotels nearer to where I live. And then even relocated our office to Deeside – not far from Chester but the rent was cheaper. As a consequence of all this for 10 years or more I’ve hardly visited the city. However, earlier this year I needed to meet up with our company pensions adviser who’s based in Chester, so I took the opportunity to have a mooch around and reacquaint myself with the sites.

Chester has been around a long time, developing around a Roman fort, Deva Victrix, in 79 AD. It has the most complete city walls in England, mainly medieval but with some Anglo Saxon and Roman foundations. I’s shopping centre is dominated by the Rows – “double decked” shopping streets – and black and white building, allegedly medieval but mainly restored by the Victorians.

After my meeting, as the walls were quite close by, I decided to go for a walk around them.

The walls run alongside the River Dee to the south of old city.

Chester Castle
Passing the racecourse on the Roodee, the site of the Roman harbour. Established in 1539, It’s supposed to be the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world
approaching the Cathedral Werburgh’s Cathedral, built in dark Cheshire sandstone, was founded in 1093 as the abbey church of a Benedictine monastery and still has many monastic features, including cloisters. These survived the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII as it had already become a cathedral. There’s been significant changes and additions over the years, particularly during the Victorian period between 1868 and 1876. The original building was Romanesque, but it was gradually changed and remodelled in the Gothic style.

To the north of the Cathedral, Abbey Square, line with attractive Georgian houses, is an oasis of peace and quiet, almost hidden away behind the busy shopping streets.

The Shropshire Union Canal flows right through the centre of the city, just outside the city walls.

9 thoughts on “Chester

    • Yes indeed, the walls are great. It was good to revisit as I hadn’t been for ages.
      (Need to catch up on your posts – I’ve got behind with keeping up with blog posts as I’ve been spending too much time on the computer running on-line courses. I need a change from staring at the screen in the evenings and weekends. But I’m starting to catch up again.)

  1. It’s many years since I went to Chester. It’s a nice place, especially by the riverside, but I’d need a reason to revisit, I wouldn’t go just for the sake of it

    • I think if you’ve been a few times I’d agree with that. I have been to Chester many times with work, but it was nice to revisit and, indeed, I did have a reason for going as I had meetings with our pensions adviser.

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