Chester – Day 8

After breakfast, we boarded our coach for York via Chester. Upon your arrival in Chester, enjoy a short walking tour of this ancient English town with Roman roots and a well-preserved medieval center.

Around AD 60, the Romans expanded their empire in Britain to the banks of the Dee River, where Chester is located. The city today still displays the Roman layout, extending from the Cross, where a Roman fortress stood, to four city gates. In the Middle Ages, commerce on the Dee River, particularly with Ireland, enriched the town in the twelfth and 13th centuries. The prosperity of those times is still evident in one of Chester’s unique features: “the Rows,” a series of two-tiered shops along the ancient streets of the historic town center. Chester also holds a significant place in English cultural history as the town where, beginning in the 14th century, mystery plays (public theater depicting biblical events) were presented.

We walked through the city wall and found the remains of a Roman garden and amphitheatre. 

We then walked on top of the walls for a ways. Here is the off the wall – nice name for a place right outside the wall.

and I am finally finding the tudor style.

Here is the Eastgate Clock Tower, which is reported to be the most photographed clock tower after Big Ben.  The original gate was guarded by a timber tower which was replaced by a stone tower in the 2nd century, and this in turn was replaced probably in the 14th century. The present gateway dates from 1768 and is a three-arched sandstone structure which carries the walkway forming part of Chester city walls. In 1899 a clock was added to the top of the gateway to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria two years earlier. 

We walked by the Chester Cathedral.   and this statue was in front of the cathedral.

and we walked through a shopping center – and well some things were calling to me, but I was satisfied by just taking a photo.  My stomach was not happy with me – it wanted some.

This lion is on top of a large concrete tower. I found this regarding its history. – The most interesting detail of this otherwise unlovely car park of 1971 is the figure of a lion at its highest point. This site was originally occupied by the 19th-century Lion Brewery, and following its demolition a home was sought for its lion sculpture.
As we boarded our coach – we saw this group of young Roman soldiers marching down the street towards the Amphitheatre.  

We then continued on to York.