A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester
The Vanished Pubs of Chester Gallery
Here we see busy traffic on a George Street unfamilar to modern eyes. Among the buildings now vanished is The Royal George Hotel, No. 31 George Street (corner of Victoria Road), which was demolished to make way for a car park in 1972.
In the top photograph, the Methodist Chapel is gone and the George is seen to be boarded up with a 'for sale' notice on its window. A utilitarian car park now occupies the site where the it once stood. More pictures of the pub may be seen along with others illustrating the changing face of the area here.
The tall chimney in the background of both pictures belonged to 'Mullins' Chester & North Wales Hide, Skin & Fat Market'. This less-than-fragrant establishment was demolished, along with much else in the neighbourhood, after the Cattle Market closed.
The vehicles may prove evocative to those who, like myself who grew up around this time- and also help to date the photograph; the new-looking Austin 1100 on the right is 'J' registration, which was 1970-71. Also seen are a Ford Anglia Estate, a Mk I Ford Escort, a Singer Gazelle (I think) and two Mini pickups...
The Royal George seen in the distance in this 1960s view of the Delamere Street/George Street corner
Just before the end: the Royal George just before its demolition in 1972
The site of the Royal George Hotel photographed from the City Walls by the author in November 2012.
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