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Old December 13th, 2005, 05:35 PM   #1
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City of Chester, UK

I thought id take some pictures on the way to work and at lunchtime today…

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As I travel by train, the station area is the first view.
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King Charles tower on the city walls. The King watched his defeated troops withdraw from the Battle of Rowton from here in the Civil War. The walls were modified in the 1700s into a “Promenade for respectable Ladies and Gentlemen”, and the battlements and most of the towers were removed.
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Along the Shropshire Union Canal.
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From the canal up to the City Wall, with a Roman section still there, the bit with the cornices.
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Another section of Roman Wall. The wall was whitewashed in Roman Times, to awe the natives.
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Georgian houses in King Street
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The North Gate, typical of the Georgian rebuild of the walls and gates.
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The Town Hall, I work in the offices behind this building, which now houses the mayors rooms, meeting rooms and is used as a concert hall / ballroom
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The Cathedral from the council offices. Not built as a cathedral, was an abbey till the reformation when the diocese of Chester was created from part of Lichfield diocese.
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Watergate Street from Watergate Row North. The main streets in Chester are on two levels, the upper being called the Rows. You will notice different shops on the upper gallery than those at street level. The origin of the rows is obscure, but there are many therories- to make it easier to attack Welsh raiders, built on top of Roman Houses etc
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Looking the other way
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What it looks like on the rows……
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And if youre walking along them
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The black and white house on the right is Bishop Lloyds house, built for some late mediaeval bishop
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Note the carvings on the house, was covered in plaster for years
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Street level view on Watergate Street
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The Castle. Dosent much look much like a castle, was rebuilt in 1800s as judicial centre for the county. The cars ruin it.
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In the background you can see parts remaining of the original castle
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Castle Street
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Georgian houses on South Bridge Street
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The Bear and Billet Inn, used to be the Earl of Shrewsburys house
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The Mediaeval bridge across the Dee
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Ye Olde Kings Head, it was inevitable, wasn’t it??
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The Falcon Inn, was derelict till 1986
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Upper Bridge street
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Victorian Fantasy on medeavalsim, Upper Bridge Street. The shopping centre is behind this façade. Most of Chesters Black and white buildings are Victorian and Edwardian ideas of what an idealised past looked like, in the process demolishing many of the genuine old houses.
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The 3 from the left are genuine, the others Victorian
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The picture everyone takes, The Cross
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Towards the Grosvenor Hotel and Eastgate
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St Werburgh street, nothing over 140 years old (apart from Cathedral!)

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View from the Eastgate
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The cathedral
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Abbey Street
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Abbey Square
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Old houses made from demolished religious buildings at time of Reformation, Abbey Square
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The last religious structure built before the reformation, the archway to the Abbey precincts





And so ends our tour, hope you enjoyed it!

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Old December 13th, 2005, 06:07 PM   #2
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charming, I adore Tudor houses of thys city
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Old December 13th, 2005, 06:42 PM   #3
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Certainly a city for all seasons. Lovely photos.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 06:52 PM   #4
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what a gem....
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Old December 13th, 2005, 09:19 PM   #5
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You've educated me; I had no idea Chester looked that good! The two level shopping street is very unique.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 09:36 PM   #6
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It looks fantastic! Thank you Mr.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 01:09 PM   #7
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Thanks to sjwmoore for these evocative and very informative photos of the city of Chester

Great photos sjwmoore, I hope you don't mind if I incorporate them into the Chester thread on the Liverpool forum.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 11:08 PM   #8
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very beautiful city
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:27 AM   #9
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Some nice places!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:10 AM   #10
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Great pics! I will move this to the Urban Showcase for original pictures where they can be rightfully shown off!! Love those Elizabethan half timbered buildings... the detailing was astounding.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 04:45 PM   #11
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Great piccies. Chester certainly is a lovely town with a lot of history.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:18 PM   #12
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wow just wow!
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Hi there folks!

I would need information about that very lovely city of Chester. Indeed, a friend of mine has a friend who arrived very recently over there to both work and live. As far as I know his english rather is so-so (he's french) but he manages to understand and be understood though.

He's been searching for a job actively since his arrival (a few days ago) but he doesn't really know where he can go precisely to get more information. I advised him to have a go with a 'Job Centre' in the first place but I don't know whether there is some kind of organization looking after foreigners and helping them sort out the job/accomodation issue (just like the french centre in London 'Centre Charles Péguy').

Can you guys enlighten me...? Would be very nice of you...

Cheers!



PS: he's willing to do any kind of work to start.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 11:21 AM   #14
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Really amazing, very nice photos rom Chester
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