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A Virtual Stroll Around Hoole
Your guide is Hoole resident Steve Howe of the Black & White Picture Place
|he native of Chester remembers how three roads branch off outside Eastgate and how beautiful and pleasing are the names of the places to which they lead. The road... comes to a place which they rightly call the Valley of Demons (Hoole) with reference to the hiding places of those who lie in wait. The wanderer... is despoiled by thieves and robbers"
Lucian, a Monk of Chester Abbey: De Laude Cestrie ('Of the Praise of Chester') 1195
We hasten to assure you that things in the Chester suburb of Hoole have improved greatly since Lucian's time and welcome you to this, our website devoted to the life and history of this attractive and historic community.
A comprehensive history of Hoole from earliest times to the present day, Including comparative maps to illustrate how the place has changed over the centuries, old photographs, documents from The Cheshire Sheaf and other sources and the reminisciences of those of you who grew up here...
A Hoole Miscellany: our growing gallery of photographs old and new is now online!
A gallery of contemporary Hoole images.
Readers comments: what do you think about life in Hoole? Suggestions, comments and contributions to this website...
A comprehensive list of useful links to other local websites and contact details for councillors, services etc.
What would you like to see here?
Much of the above material we have already, the rest will doubtlessly come in time. But we need your support! Your advertising, donations or sponsorship are urgently needed to help this site grow and stay up to date and interesting.
In the meantime, however, here's a list of links you may find useful and entertaining...
• Also from the Chester Wiki, a range of views, information and links regarding Network Rail's closure of Hoole Bridge, particularly with reference to the failure of our politicians and planners to take this rare opportunity to do something to improve safety on what is surely the most dangerous stretch of road in Chester for cyclists and pedestrians...
• Hoole's page in Wikipedia
• A useful street plan of Hoole at Multimap
• Chester: A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls. An informal, but very informative guided walk around the most complete circuit of Roman & medieval city walls in the UK. In over fifty illustrated chapters, the author accompanies us around the two-mile circuit, shows us the sights, tells of the great events that have taken place during the past two thousand years, occasionally contributing his two penn'orth regarding contemporary developments in and around the city. Lots of fascinating information and pictures, much of it not easily available elsewhere and new material is added (almost) daily.
• The Chester Virtual Stroll's comprehensive local links pages. Your contributions and suggestions are most welcome.
• The excellent Chester@Large, where you'll find witty and honest reviews of Chester's (and Hoole's) pubs and restaurants. A most entertaining and useful website that's doubtless contributed much to improving standards in Chester's eating and drinking establishments. Your views are welcome on their lively forum- lots of regular input from Hoole-igans here... Good stuff indeed.
• Explore a disused railway line running from rural Cheshire, through Hoole and on into North Wales- since June 2000, the location of a superb new SUSTRANS cycleway and footpath- which for years was threatened by a madcap council plan to put buses on it. Join us for our Virtual Stroll Along the Millennium Greenway.
January 2009- The time is long overdue for this out-of-date version of our virtual journey along the Millennium Greenway- largely dealing as it does with the bitter, years-long battle to preserve our car-free path from the iniquities of the CDTS 'Guided Busway'- to be gracefully retired into the archives and a complete re-write to take place. This would add all of the new photographs and other material that this writer has been thigh-deep in for the last few years, tell of the very welcome extension of the route to Guilden Sutton that is currently taking place, add better access information and detailed maps, provide a guide to hotels, shops, pubs, cafes etc close to the path- and generally provide a much, much more positive, regularly-updated read than it currently is!
• Courtesy of the Chester Wiki, a brief wander along a remarkable survivor, a pre-Roman road still running through the heart of suburban Hoole: The Newton Hollows.
• An exploration of the Shropshire Union Canal that runs through Hoole.
• The website of Cheshire West and Chester Council.
• The website of Hoole Lawn Tennis Club
• HAGA: the Hoole Allotments and Gardens Association
• A lively magazine for Hoole and district: Hoole Roundabout
• The changing face of the Ermine / Flookersbrook pub. Some fascinating 18th and 19th century newspaper advertisments for the old Ermine were added here May 2009.
• The Independent Republic of Hoole on Facebook. You will need to sign in and log on if you are not already a Facebook user.
• A growing list of the Lost Pubs of Chester. Just a few mentions of Hoole here but you can learn about the many boozers that have vanished over the years in neighbouring Newtown, Brook Street, Boughton etc...
• The sorry story of the playground 'improvements' shambles a few years back in Alexandra Park (updated with new photographs February 2008)
• Chester's contributions to a fascinating national survey of hygiene and cleanliness in hotels, pubs and takeaways- lots of Hoole businesses here, for good or ill- Scores on the Doors
The finest in contemporary photography. Click on the camera to see why
All pictures and text © Steve Howe / B&W Picture Place 2013