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A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester
7/3/97 "It may well be have been an apocryphal
story, but I remember as a boy reading a local newspaper report that a generous
gentlemen- a pillar of the community- had donated a new loudspeaker to his church
'in fond memory of his wife'. In the words of the old song, 'it ain't what you
say, it's the way that you say it'.
Actually, it's called 'Chester: A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls'.
-and has been put together by photographer Steven Howe of Hoole.
Mr Howe said absolutely nothing of the sort, but we're
not talking balanced, competent or sober journalism here.
As far as I can tell, there is nothing in law to stop Mr. Howe from putting
this or any other opinions about the city of Chester on his internet pages.
Oh dear, completely wrong again. He obviously didn't visit the site for himself before penning his ignorant little review.
-will prove sufficiently off-putting for potential visitors to Chester to
What a delight! I saw the article in last week's paper, and have found
your web site fascinating. Thank you!
My compliments on a most attractive and informative web site. It will
make my lunchtime walks round the walls even more pleasant. Thanks.
Hi there! We looked at your 'Virtual Walk around the Walls'! It's great!!
You should be getting paid a lot of money for doing that!!! ( Fat chance) I hope you are letting the tourist boards of other
towns know, they may be interested in your services. Hey, even towns in this
country would jump at the chance of having you design their web page!!!
Excellent, makes very interesting reading.
Congratulations on a great site! I have been visiting Chester for years
but suddenly find a wealth of information about my favourite place right here
on the Internet. Next time I'm in town I will definitely call into your gallery. Best wishes,
Just a note to say what a load of b******* we thought the
Bob Clough-Parker article was. You tour is excellent, and any publicity
is good publicity, so hopefully more people will get to hear about your site.
We worked on the development of the forth coming Chester Information Network
(www.chester.org) with Chester City Council et al: a link to your site in the
CIN might not go amiss. Keep up the good work. Best Wishes,
Excellent site... it seems that the ten years since I left Chester
to come & live in Edinburgh have not been kind to parts of the city. There seems
to be a murky bunch of shady crooks, freemasons and speculators eager to rip
the heart out of the city (once again). Do your best to put a stop to the guided
busway thing. It's a load of crap. But you knew that already.
Congratulations Steve on a really excellent site. Cheshire CC will
take years to get to your standard...
Great site. I'm currently studying in Bath- another
beautiful city- but am from North Wales and spend a lot of time in Chester.
Maybe I'm biased but didn't find the Bath sites half as interesting. The criticicm's
good- councils always need a good kick up their bum, but maybe something in
the introduction to say how beautiful the city is. It's pretty obvious what
you think of the city, if you take the tour, but if you're only reading the
intro it seems a bit negative. It's gorgeous, so tell them! Cheers,
Dear Mr Howe, Appended is RomanSites-L's
report of your site, which will be going out sometime this week.
What a wonderful tour of the City of Chester! I
left Chester over 45 years ago to come to Canada and have returned several times
for a visit. However, never have I seen such a well organized "tour" such as
yours. The next visit we will make certain that we join the official tour. Keep
up the good work.
28/6/97 Just been looking at your virtual tour pages. Enjoyed them very much. Thank you.
Hello. I enjoyed meeting you in your shop on Monday. I learned more
from your "virtual walk around the walls" than I have from all other sources
in the 10 years I have lived in Chester and I must say that I agree with your
outspoken sentiments. Keep it up.
6/7/97 Hello Cestrians. I was born, (long time ago!), in Aston near
Hawarden. I suppose when I was younger I knew Chester better than any other
city. However I left Aston when I was 18 and apart from visits to see my parents
seldom returned. I now live in Lytham on the Fyldecoast.
28/7/97 I found your website after seeing your post on one of the wedding
newsgroups. It is a lovely site, a real pleasure to look at. I love the
photography, and your text is warm and seems to be reflective of some two very
nice people! If I'm ever in Chester, I'll look you up.
7/8/97 Dear Sirs, Just a short note to congratulate
you on your Virtual Tour of Chester City
Walls. I have been pleased to create a link to the site at my page: http://www.personal.u-net.com/~old-mill/om_slp_5.htm
25/8/97 Hi. my name is Keith Goode I was born in
Chester but now live in NY USA. Yours is a great site I visit often.
4/9/97 I have lived here in Florida for the last 20
years, I lived in Ellesmere Port for 5 years as a kid and have fond memories
of Chester . As for you 'letting the side down' by bringing attention to eyesores
- keep it up !! If we ignore them they don't go away . Thanks for the 'Mersey
World' link, I haven't been to it yet, I found your page via Real Audios town
of Mold page of all things.
2/10/97 Greetings from Blenheim in the South Island of
New Zealand. As a scouse in exile I enjoyed
browsing your picture gallery of Liverpool Pictures. Many thanks and well done
8/10/97 I am tracing my family tree and have recently learned that my family left Cheshire in around 1651 to come
to the United States.
10/10/97 Your site is excellent. I haven't seen it all yet but but I intend coming back soon.
23/10/97 Steve, I linked to your site from the Mold Web
Page at http://www.mold.demon.co.uk
1/12/97 Hi, I Like your "virtual tour" website.
I was brought up in Chester and am distressed by the distinct lack of sensitivity
of many of the new developments in and around the City. Looks more like Milton
Keynes everytime I visit...:-(
4/12/97 Dear Steve, I have discovered your web site on the City of Chester,
and I must comment that what I have read so far is, to say the least, OUTSTANDING.
3/1/98 I left liverpool in 1970 and never returned for 20 years, it was not the liverpool i remembered, and tonite
i found your site on the net i must congratulate you on the most wonderful photographs
and the memories they brought back. thank you very much.
5/1/98 Just wanted to thank you for the information about the town of Chester.
I have been, for about the last year or so, doing genealogical research on the
Jackson/Joynson families of the Cheshire county area. It has been marvelous
to study and research. I have been looking for a way to find out more about
the county and the internet has been a great value. Hoping you the best of the
New Year. Oh, by the way, if you know of anybody who could help me with the
joynson family research, please send them my address. Thank you. It has been
a pleasure. Sincerely,
7/1/98 Having lived in Liverpool for a few years in the
early eighty's, I still miss it very much.
Just browsing the web tonight under Liverpool and found your site. I just had
to tell you how lovely and professional your web page is. Not only did it make
me miss Liverpool even more, but I would like to know if you sell your photographs
that are show on your web page? If I email you the one's I'm interested in will
you let me know the price plus shipping to the US (Denver, CO). I hope to hear
from you - and again, this was truly a high point on web crusing - just lovely!!!!
12/1/98 Just found your virtual tour of Chester's Walls.
As a Welshman (just!) born and raised around Hawarden, Chester was our main shopping
city. We are now in Toronto, Canada after leaving Wales 25 years ago. When we
visit "home", Chester is still our first and last point of call on every trip.
Thanks for the site, obviously a lot of work, and the history - I've certainly
learnt a lot - and next time we are over, we will walk the walls with your document
in hand. The walk will have a new meaning!
15/1/98 Steve - just had a browse round your site.
It looks great and is very funny in places. A pleasure to read unlike the po-faced
bureaucrats on the official website.
9/2/98 Great to see Chester, I was born & educated
in Holywell, & know Chester extremely well. I had an Aunt who lived at Church
Farm Guilden Sutton, & is buried in the churchyard. My Grandfather was from
Brookhouse Farm, near Guilden Sutton.
12/2/98 I was delighted to find this website. My
mother, G. Dorothy Rigby, was born in Hawarden Wales but lived all her life
in Chester until marrying my father, Theodore Rix, in 1944. In 1946 she came
to the U.S. Had planned a trip to Chester and the area with my mother, but sadly
she became terminally ill before we were able to make the trip.
16/2/98 Hello, As the manager of the European History Webring I have the opportunity to look at each site
in the ring when it joins, changes it's information, etc. Recently, I decided
to take a look at your site, because I was interested. Because of the excellence
demonstrated in design, upkeep, and content, I hereby award the Chester:
A Virtual Stroll Around The Walls site the newest award out there. This
award is the "European History Webring Great Site Award." Congratulations on
being the very first winner of this award.
19/2/98 Hiya again Philippa and Steve, Just visited
your Liverpool Gallery again after several months since my last visit. Well
Done!! It's "de gear" but yer've made me even more homesick yer bugger!! Have
you ever thought of producing a book Steve ?? Your efforts are very much appreciated
by us Scouse exiles.
20/2/98 You've got some pretty incredible stuff there,
from what I've seen. I visited the Wirral and Northern Wales last summer and
thoroughly enjoyed it. Your sites let me remember some lovely memories, and
told me things I hadn't known before. Thanks a lot.
2/3/98 What a great job you've done with this site.
Keep up the good work !
17/5/98 Dear Steve, Excellent site, I would say
it's my favourite. I found it by chance on Encarta web links- it is an encyclopaedia
on CD-Rom Microsoft Encarta 98. There are many links to the www which can be
updated monthly. Yours I found in the web link directory under Geography.
2/6/98 Excellent site. Very informative. I have
been to Chester quite a few times and enjoy my walks around the walls. I stay
with my Aunt on Duke Street, so the walls are not faraway. I am downloading
your site information so I can read up on Chester before my flight over in September
of this year.
21/6/98 I saw your internet site, and was curious because you see on
my family name that I've the same name as the ancient name of Chester, Perhaps
there is some more information. Our family does live for the majority in Holland,
14/7/98 In the summer of l96l I arrived in Liverpool on a Danish freighter
from San Francisco. The ship would be in port several days so I took off
for North Wales to visit the birthplace of my great grandfather. Rode a double-decker
bus to Chester and spent the night at the Blossoms Inn. Found the walk on the
wall immediately and simply gaped as I strolled. Roman ruins...Elizabethan buildings
(God's Providence House, was it?) charming building styles I had never seen,
gardens the size of postage stamps. I had never heard of Chester before!