Chester: a Virtual Stroll Around the Walls

Old Maps and Aerial Photographs of Chester

view of chester from a balloon 1855
John McGahey: View of Chester From a Balloon 1855

Here are a series of enlarged details and descriptions from the wonderful image above:

The Old Port
The Kaleyards
Grosvenor Bridge
St. John's Church
The Cathedral
The Northgate

More details to follow! We're grateful to Chester History and Heritage for their valued assistance in preparing this feature.

In 1853, John McGahey illustrated and published a splendid map of Chester, which you can see on this external link:
McGahey's New Chester Guide (We'd dearly love our own copy of this!)

On to a handy modern sketch map showing the main features of medieval Chester

A fascinating research project: Mapping Medieval Chester

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