A Vintage Bracelet in Chester England
Chester England: My vintage bracelet and I docked in Liverpool on an overcast drizzly day. We immediately set off for a tour of nearby Chester. Chester is a beautiful walled city close to Wales. On comparing the Louise Rayner painting above, “Eastgate Street”, painted in 1880, and the picture below, very little has changed.
The Eastgate clock, above center, is the most photographed timepiece in the world after Big Ben.
Fun Facts About Chester England:
- The town was founded as a Roman fort in the year 79. It was also known as Deva. It was one of the three major Roman bases in the UK.
- The Roman amphitheatre seated 7000 spectators and is thus the largest in the country.
- Chester Cathedral is the North West’s most popular tourist attraction.
- It is the best preserved medieval walled city in England.
- In 1403 Henry, Prince of Wales, the future Henry V, ordered that the Welsh should be expelled from the town. More importantly, he decreed that none should enter the city before sunrise or stay after sunset on pain of decapitation. Yikes!!
- The town’s racecourse is Britain’s oldest sporting venue in continual use.
Chester is a perfect walking city:
Our first stop was the Chester Cathedral.
The building of the nave was begun in 1323 but was halted by plague and was finally finished 150 years later.
I loved the wooden rood screen that separates the nave from the chancel.
The Cloisters was the area that separated the monks from the outside world. It had better lighting and was quiet; therefore, they could dedicate themselves to study and meditation. Cloistering is not for me~
I was “representing” with my USA scarf and yes, that is my crazy “rainy day” hair.
After the Cathedral, we had a wonderful time walking around town. Another must see is the Roman ampitheatre.
Chester Rows – The Rows originated in the 13th century and they provide covered 2nd level shopping. So helpful in a rainy country. The Rows were most likely constructed on top of rubble remaining from the ruins of Roman buildings.
Chester has so many beautiful buildings~
I love scenic alleys~
Food, Glorious Food:
We ate at Zuger’s Tea Room, voted the top cafe in town. I always do my food homework before we travel anywhere and I was heaven with the Alpine rosti. The rest of the Fam happily munched on a variety of toasties and Welsh rarebit. Don’t “toasties” sound way more fun than “grilled sandwiches”? Let them eat Toasties!!
Chester to Liverpool:
We bid a sad farewell to Chester and boarded the bus and headed back to Liverpool.
There was so much beautiful countryside to see. Taking pictures through bus windows isn’t the best but I couldn’t resist the gorgeous scenery. This is the weir (dam) on the River Dee~
And thus on to Liverpool . . .