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"Caer: Taith hamddenol rithwir o amgylch y waliau" (as our Welsh neighbours would say)
• Our site index may help you find what you're looking for- a great place for random browsing too. This is still being compliled and is far from complete, but you can also search our site in detail using the Google box below.
Almost as long as people have been visiting this, the ancient and beautiful city of Chester, others have been writing books to help them find their way around, and our Chester Virtual Stroll is just the latest- but the first to be published exclusively on the World Wide Web! The first such guidebook we know of was penned by one Lucian, a monk of Chester Abbey in 1195- over eight centuries ago. You can learn a little of him, his community and his remarkable work by going here.
Here is an illuminating selection of Quotations & Comments from distinguished visitors to Chester from the 12th to the 21st centuries.
Chester as she was: a growing collection of old maps, aerial photographs- and a magnificent Victorian view from a balloon! In addition, our galleries of old photographs and drawings of Chester and Liverpool are here.
The Chester Gallery & The Liverpool Gallery A small selection from 25 years of photographs by the author. Our picture library contains thousands of images and new material is regularly being added...
Still accurate today after 140 years, a fascinating description of Chester's unique covered galleries- the Rows written by Joseph Hemingway in 1836, with additional material and pictures by your guide.
• Almost everybody is familiar with the works of Louise Rayner, a Victorian watercolour artist who lived in Chester for many years and produced numerous much-loved images of our city. Read about her life and see some of her masterpieces here.
A history of the cinema in Chester by David A Ellis with additions and illustrations by Steve Howe.
Some memories of the recently-demolished Chester Royalty Theatre
• A Virtual Stroll Around Hoole is now online, including a useful set of local links (early days yet- sponsorship and advertisers are needed to help this grow!) Now featuring our new Hoole Business Directory.
A short distance beyond the Eastgate is the suburb of Boughton. Here is an article by Tony Cummings (with additions and pictures by the author): Spital Boughton's Litany of Death and Martyrdom, which tells a little of the area's chequered history.
The story of a vanished religious community that for centuries flourished on the site of the new HQ building: The Nuns of St. Mary's. (we will also be meeting with the communities of the Black, Grey and White Friars during the course of our journey).
A visit to a fascinating part of our city very different to the Rows and Walls- and the ongoing story of its redevelopment over the last few years: The Old Port.
• Some images of the 1992 and 2014 Chester Mystery Plays. We have a large collection of pictures from these events so get in touch if you're interested..
• A Brief History of the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra by Tony Mitchell
A collection of amusing and irreverent Chester Anagrams by man of mystery, Seranus
• You and I may enjoy a gentle stroll around Chester's City Walls, but Simon Catterall once did things rather differently: a hilarious true story- Naked Around the Walls! (1984). Also enjoy his Youthful Memories of Chester (1974)
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If you'd like to visit another example of a British walled city, here's a brief portrait of beautiful Conwy, fifty or so miles from Chester along the North Wales coast.
A useful collection of links to other sites discovered along the way including: Chester, Cheshire & North Wales, Liverpool, history, archaeology and genealogy, photography, internet & Apple Macintosh, music, environmental and miscellaneous links. Your suggestions are welcome.
• "Oh no, not the holiday snaps!" A collection of new images by the author of somewhere very different to Chester- beautiful Cortes Island off the coast of far-away British Columbia, Canada.
• Another Place- Anthony Gormley's amazing installation on Crosby beach, north of Liverpool. Photographed by the author (who grew up just down the road!)
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• For all of you fascinated by the history of this remarkable city, when you've finished exploring our website (and not before!) we strongly recommend a visit to the newly-relaunched (and exceedingly excellent) Chester Wiki.
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• All of the original photographs on this site - and many of the older ones- are available to purchase as beautiful, handmade prints- far superior to the online images- in a variety of sizes. The perfect gift! Call 0775 1521 600 or email for details.
If you find our 'virtual stroll' stimulating, why not treat yourself to one of our real guided walks?