25/7/98 Thank you for all your effort in creating a virtual
tour of Chester.
26/8/98 Dear Steve and all, Just found you on the guide to knowhere,
loved your site in fact so much that I cannot view it all tonight as the rest
of my family are waiting in line to use the computer. Really enjoyed all the
pictures and agree with you entirely regarding the town hall.
3/9/98 Sorry it took me so long to reply been working in the garden.
The address I found you at was http://knowhere.co.uk/frames.html (???) then I just
clicked on Virtual Mold and there you were.
4/3/98 Hello Again, Just had to write you, I was so distressed at the
type of planning that is going on in Chester, what I meant to say it no planning.
I could not believe the ugly Flag Poles, or the fact that they allowed a MacDonalds
to be built. Apart from anything else when we are trying to get everyone to
eat more healthy they are promoting the utter rubbish that is sold at those
places. I think someone needs to do a survey on the amount of fat included in
those meals. They did that here.
30/8/98 Hello. I left Chester 42 years ago and miss her so. I was stationed
at Sealand RAF Station 1954 - 56. I do intend to get back to see the changes-
pictures from friends just don't do the job. Now that I'm retired I'll try to
get back. Great tour!
1/10/98 Hi there, I have just been exploring internet and came across
your Chester tour site, well what an absolute delight.
6/10/98 hey folks hows it going? one of the most complete web sites
i've been to. write me back if you have time love to here from my british brethren.
i've spent time in derbyshire and loved it. i'd like to visit again.
8/10/98 i love your page,,, i would love to visit a place like chester!!
maybe someday i will :-)
Hello Tena. Yes, Venice has probably the most famous 'Bridge of Sighs' but there's one in Cambridge England too- not to mention ours!
20/10/53 Dear Steve, Just spent some more time at your site. Really
Mmm. We know Charlotte Street is off South View Road- an area currently being redeveloped out of all recognition- but are not familiar with Clements Walk. Anybody remember this street? Let us know- and email Avril direct!
1/11/98 I have just stumbled across your wonderful site on Chester
and have immediately added it to my favourites as I know that I am going to
spend many happy hours reading it.
3/11/98 Dear Steve, What a brilliant web site for an old scouser like
me to find! I moved away 14 years ago but still come back occasionally and to
see my Nan in Chester.
6/11/98 Dear Steve, Just to say how much I appreciated the site. If
it annoys the likes of Clough-Parker it must be doing a good job! Keep up the
9/11/98 Thank you for a great site- wish it had been available on any
of my past visits- business and visiting- I know it is and will be of tremendous
value to visitors interested in our history.
14/11/98 Hi, My name is John McGahey. I recently visited the (your)
exceptional web site about Chester. One of the photo credits caught my eye,
namely the View of Chester from a Balloon 1855, by John McGahey. I wonder if
you have any information about the artist. It's not hard to guess why I'm asking.
I would appreciate any information you might have or any suggestions about where
21/12/98 I handcolor B&W (and some color) pictures as a hobby and was
browsing for inspiration when I found your website. Fasacinating pictures, especially
about Chester. My wife and I toured the British Isles 16 years ago and by some
miracle managed to spent a few hours in Chester. (Miraculous because we seemed
to whiz past cathedrals, historic towns and castles only to be dumped for hours
in tourist traps and urged to buy overpriced jimcracks.) We had enough time
in Chester to walk a stretch of the walls and the main streets. When we left,
both of us decided this was one towm we would definitely return to. The years
have dimmed our memories somewhat but your photos have rekindled our desire
to make a second trip. Thanks again
7/1/99 Congratulations, what a wonderful site you have built. I'm a
Cheshire boy living in Australia with an interest in social history, particularly
the development and culture of canals. Do you have any info on canals in or
about Chester and their history? Any info would be a good starting point. Thanks
22/1/99 Having moved to Saughall in May of 1998 my family have taken
great interest in learning about the current and historical Chester- your site
has been a catalyst for this enjoyment. Quite simply it is the best of it's
type I have seen-well done!!
12/2/99 hi steve, have just encountered the Chester walls web-site,
it is a fascinating and impressive piece of research, thanks.
There's some stuff about King Street here. As ever, if readers can help, contact Andy direct
1/3/99 Greetings from Texas Steve, Found your site to be the most informative
on Chester. Great site! You are added to my favorites... Regards,
1/3/99 I've just discovered your web pages and spent far longer than
I should have done reading them - excellent stuff... Thanks for the web site,
it's fascinating. Cheers,
5/3/99 Hi, Just been reading your web pages again- thought I'd drop
you a note to say that they're as excellent as ever... as an ex Mill View pupil,
I found the info about their project on the Mickle Trafford line very interesting.
16/3/99 Steve, What a treat! I was looking for some kind of accomodation
information in Manchester as I'm looking to rent a room here and what I came
up with was you. Either you've done some intelligent domain-name buying or I'm
a misguided fool that happened to stumble across something interesting.
17/3/99 Love your site. I think it is fascinating and beautifully put
together. I work in Chester and have spent many a happy time walking round the
walls. I've learnt a lot from your site... which I came across through the Multimedia
CD Rom version of Encyclopedia Britannica which has an online facility via IE4
with links to a range of sites from different articles.
16/5/99 I took your tour of Chester and read the Nooks and Corners
7/6/99 I have just taken and very much enjoyed your tour of Chester.
It was fascinating.
5/7/99 Hi Steve, First of all I must say how enthralled I was to come
across your magnificent Black & White Picture Place and the Chester Virtual
Stroll sites. I grew up in Liverpool and live in North Wales, Chester is now
my nearest City. So you can imagine what a pleasure it was for me to visit your
6/10/99 A great site, beatifully designed and full of interest. Done
on Macintosh as well- couldn't be better.
13/10/99 Hello Steve, I live in sunny Loughborough, Leicestershire.
I am currently researching material for my second novel about the Anglo-Saxon
period, and I needed to get some info about St Werburgh- there are churches
to her in Burton-on-Trent and Derby, for instance- and I searched for Chester,
knowing that she had founded St John's there (allegedly).
Readers with info about Werburgh should contact Anthony direct
25/10/99 Many thanks for a splendid site. I wanted to send information
on Liverpool and Chester to a friend in USA. I have simply cut and pasted your
site address. Need I say more?
24/11/99 Have just spent a happy half hour browsing your site. Congratulations!
One of the best web sites I have ever seen (without any flannel!)
26/11/99 Great site!!! My grandfather, Banfield Capron left Chester
in the 1660's for America, so the story goes due to poor economic conditions.
He left Chester at age 14yrs with another lad of aprox equal age and settled
in New England in the Massachusetts Bay colony. This site has given me the opportunity
to "visit" Chester and find out more about it's history. Have you any knowledge
of Caprons in Chester???
4/12/99 Brilliant pages, and I most certainly agree with everything
you have to say about the old market and McDonalds and those disgusting flag
poles! Pedestrianisation is the pits in Chester, it has to be all or nothing
and it is still all. In other cities where it is pedestrianisied it means pedestrianisied,
but here if you want to go to the Grosvenor Hotel you are allowed through or
anywhere else for that matter. It should be completely shut off at 10 a.m -
6p.m for anyone. The parking prices also is terrible no wonder people go to
Ellesmere Port/Cheshire Oaks. The so called Greyhound Park is awful no toilets,
no bank, no decent coffee bar and you take your life in your hands crossing
8/12/99 Having spent my childhood in Leeswood, near Mold, in the late
sixties-early seventies, and spent most of the "spare" Saturday's being dragged
around the shops of Chester, I must congratulate you on a most entertaining
web site, I've just spent the last two hours going through, and could spend
another day or so...
16/12/99 Saw your site and was fascinated by the studies done at the old Rainhill hospital. The faraway look and also the pathos of abandonment
of such people forgotten by society is heartrending. The demise of the hospital
was no bad thing!
9/1/2000 Dear Steve Howe, I've been enjoying your virtual tour of the
walls of Chester. I visited there for two months in 1993 while doing research
for my dissertation. I'm particularly interested in 16th and 17th century history,
and I'm wondering what source or sources you used to compile your "curiousities"
of Chester history. Is there a chronicle available in print for those of us
trying to conduct research on the wrong side of the Atlantic? Thanks for any
help you can provide. Your beautiful photographs are whetting my appetite for
a return visit. Thanks for putting together a fabulous web site.
11/1/00 Dear Steve Howe, I have just been browsing through your absolutely
delightful web site! Yesterday when I was searching for Hoole, I did not find
it, but today I have used the search engine www.mamma.com. Excellent work!!
Well, having never heard of this, I'm as intrigued as Jacqueline! If readers have any clue about this monument, I'd love to know- and will, of course, pass on to her anything I learn
17/1/00 I was very pleased to discover a website in support of conserving
what little is left of Chester's heritage. At the turn of the century Chester
was a wonderful city. Since then it has been ruthlessly destroyed by greed,
bad planning, bad architecture and apathy. Look at York; a city to be proud
of. In Chester we continue to demolish and replace with buildings that Eastern
Europe would be ashamed of. Quicks in lower Bridge Street., the foul pastiche of
Tudor opposite the Falcon, replacing a fine brick facade., the plethora of roadsigns,
yellow lines, traffic lights, multistorey buildings out of scale with the old
city, a dual carriageway slicing through the heart of the city. What have those
who have the power to prevent the deterioration ever done? Grosvenor Estates,
the planners, the developers- nothing! Money is all that matters it seems.
Organising to defeat these forces is the duty of every Chester resident.
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