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Explorations in a historic city with photographer, author and guide Steve Howe
Quick links: Start here! • Search our site index • An introduction to Chester • Our route map • Starting point: the Northgate • Quotes from centuries of Chester's visitors • Chester's vanished inns, pubs & breweries • Chester's lost cinemas • Memories of the Royalty Theatre • Old maps & aerial views • The Chester Canal & Leadworks • The Old Port • The changing face of Chester's Market Hall • History of the Millennium Greenway • The Rows of Chester • The Chester Mystery Plays • The Northgate Development • The building of the Inner Ring Road • Contemporary Chester photographs • Old Chester photographs • Old Liverpool photographs • Contemporary Liverpool photographs • Chester in the Snow 2010 / 2013 • Notable burials in the Overleigh Cemetery • A portrait of Boughton • Chris Langford Gallery: Chester in the 1960s • A Virtual Stroll Around Hoole • The Hoole Business Directory • Louise Rayner's Chester paintings • Anthony Gormley: Another Place • The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra • Conway: Another Walled Town • Links to interesting places • The Black & White Picture Place: fine photography • GoodHiding leather goods & repairs • The Handel's Court Gallery • The finest Chester & Liverpool guided walks • Your letters- Write to us! • Support us: advertise to the world on this site! And much, much more!...
"A walk around the Walls of Chester! Now, then, for a choice téte-a-téte with the past! Away with the commonplace nineteenth century! Away with the mammon-loving world of today! The path we are now treading, high above the busy haunts of men, has a traditionary halo and interest peculiarly its own."
The Handel's Court Gallery's new branch at 120 Northgate Street is now open! Steve Howe, the author of these pages, will be based there and welcomes your visit. Our new extension stocks a wide range of quality arts and crafts from the finest local creators. Information is available about the upper gallery and its exhibitions and classes, Steve's Chester guided walks and much more.
In view of he recent news of controversial redevelopment, a collection of photographs of the Chester Leadworks has been added here (with more added 30/3/13!) Learn more about the old Leadworks and its historic Shot Tower in our Chester Canal chapters...
There are currently strong moves afoot from planners, politicians and profit-driven developers to do away with much of Chester's precious Green Belt, which was wisely put in place to prevent our small, historic city from gobbling up its surrounding villages and becoming just part of another urban sprawl.
We ask you, if you love our city, to visit the Save Chester's Green Belt website from where you can easily dispatch emails to your Member of Parliament and local councillors, telling them just what you think about the proposals.
A further excellent and informative site, that of the Friends of North Chester Green Belt has also been recently launched.
Please take the time to visit them and get involved- once our countryside is gone, it's gone for ever! Learn more about the green belt concept here..
What a few of our visitors have said:
Stephen Mosley, Member of Parliament for the City of Chester: July 2011
"Dear Sir, as a student of old London and the British Empire, I applaud your website! It far exceeds any I have seen, and I pour over it constantly. If I am not careful, hours will dwindle away until something interrupts me! As an entertainer, I have plenty of time to explore your site, and I wanted to take the time to "Thank You" for all your hard work and let you know how much I enjoy it! BRAVO Sir and keep up the great work!
"Your site is truly wonderful. You do the marvelous old city of Chester full justice with your telling of her tale. Thank you for all that!"
"My very sincere congratulations on the development and presentation of your fantastically outstanding web site. For the last four hours, tears have stung my eyes at the sight of old familiar places that rekindled half forgotten emotions and memories both sad and happy. I have felt anger too at the vandalism of the developers, aided and abetted by councillors apparently, that have destroyed forever irreplaceable history in the name of progress and the accumulation of wealth. But I mustn’t get political; I really just wish to thank you for a most memorable afternoon, a time that I will no doubt repeat again and again in the future.
"Hello, I'd just like to congratulate you on being the owner and author of the most wonderful site about Chester which I have encountered. It's bursting with information, images and enthusiasm and is incredibly detailed - fascinating and very useful!
"I'd like to thank you for your wonderful web site. I discovered it last year while preparing to visit Chester. I actually printed up your guide to the walk around the wall and brought it with me! I am looking forward to revisiting Chester- and spending more time there- with my wife and son at the end of July. Thank you again for your efforts on behalf of your beautiful city and thank you for your wonderful, informative web site!"
"Your website is wonderful. I have used it to answer various questions and just for interesting facts about the city. I and my colleagues have found it invaluable, very well organised and very easy to find information on it".
"An absolutely brilliant site about Chester and a sterling almost single-handed effort. Well deserving of funding (cos this is the sort of thing that attracts tourists, business etc)"
"This virtual strolling tour around the walls is beautifully photographed, the narration is detailed and interesting, and it doesn't shy away from some of Chester's darker sides. You will be hard pressed to find a more informative, or enjoyable, guide to the city and it's history."
"I remember going onto your website a long time ago and being impressed then, but this is quite something else!! WOW!!! I can’t wait to see your shop. Very cool".
The above is a 'contents' page to help you find you way around our site and plan your visit. If you're looking for something specific, visiting
our index (a work in progress!) first
help- or use Google at the bottom of this page to search either this site or the entire internet. New material is constantly being added- if you're a regular visitor, you may be viewing a page stored in your browser's cache, so it's worth occasionally hitting the 'reload' button...
If you find our 'virtual stroll' stimulating, why not treat yourself to one of our real guided walks?