A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester
'Tis true: there's magic in the web of it
Othello: act III scene IV
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Chester, Cheshire & North Wales Links part I (on to part 2)
• '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 and occasionally contributes his two penn'orth regarding contemporary developments in and around the city. Lots of fascinating information and picture galleries here, much of it not easily available elsewhere and new material is added (almost) daily. Quite simply, the finest online guide to the City of Chester- now with a comprehensive index!
• Planning to stay in Chester? The best place to find accomodation to suit all budgets is at Trivago
• Established in Chester since 1990, The Black & White Picture Place offers the finest in photography: quality handprinting & processing / photographic renovation & repair / scanning & digital editing / graphic & webpage design / commercial / industrial, PR, archaeological / weddings, portraits & special occasions / gallery: huge selection of handmade photographs of Chester, Liverpool, people and many other subjects / Tuition to all levels: photography, handprinting & processing, Apple Macintosh, Photoshop, etc / Chester photographic and historical guided walks and much more...
but which for years was
put buses on
Millennium Greenway -
letters for and-
majority!- against the
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 an urban sprawl with Ellesmere Port. 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 site, that of the Friends of North Chester Greenbelt has also been recently launched. Please get involved- once it's gone, it's gone for ever! Learn more about the green belt concept here..
• Re-launched in Spring 2014, a splendid addition to Chester cyberspace where everyone is welcome to contribute- add your two penn'orth to the massive amount of information already present on the Chester Wiki. In a similar vein, if not as good, are Wikipedia's Chester Pages
The brand new website of the Chester Canalside Rotary Club- a satellite Rotary Club that has been created for Hoole, Vicars Cross, Newton & Boughton.
• A truly excellent all-round source of useful local information: Activ Chester.
• A superb new site featuring galleries of beautiful images of our city and much more: Chester- a portrait.
• For local news and sport visit Chester First, "powered by the Chester Standard and Chester Evening Leader".
• A fine site that offers spectacular panoramic images of Chester and much else: Chester 360°. You've never seen our city look like this before!
• A wonderfully eccentric exercise in web design (just how many pictures and links can be crammed onto one page?), here is the nontheless very useful and entertaining Chester Tourist.com. Its list of hotels and guest houses in Chester is far more comprehensive than the local tourist board's, for example...
• Simply masses of detailed historical information- and very highly recommended- British History Online's Chester pages.
For historical researchers, or just those fascinated by Chester's rich past, Cheshire West & Chester Council's excellent Archive & Local Studies System allows free access to some remarkable databases of information: trades directories 1781-1840, City Gaol registers 1808-42, 16th-19th century military records and much more.
The City Gaol records list criminals, their crimes and- often brutal- punishments: "3rd Jan 1816. Disobeying an Order in Bastardy of a female bastard child for 2s per week belonging to the Parish of St Olave in Chester. Committed as above for same in case of a male bastard". "16 Oct 1815. Breaking and entering warehouse of Edward Roberts and William Roberts in said city and stealing 2 pieces of sugar value £6. Tried 26th Oct 1815 and found guilty. Sentenced to transportation for 7 years." "Insulting several well dressed women about 3pm on City Walls by indecently exposing and shaking at them his private parts against common decency and breach of the peace. (punishment not recorded)"
• Blast from the Past: 'Don't Forget the Walls' was a campaigning website launched by the Chester Conservatives in January 2007 in response to the row that has resulted due to the appalling state our precious city walls have been allowed to get into of recent times due to the indifference of local political philistines and cheapskates. However, by the summer of 2007, the supposedly non-political dontforgethtewalls.com had become absorbed by the website of the Chester Conservatives.
Campaign- now with their own domain: www.chestercycling.co.uk. News
Chester's slowly improving
more... Another source of local cycling news, full of fascinating information, is: Chester Cycle City
• In December 2005, the local press drew our attention to a prestigious new feature on the council's tourism website: the City Walls Trail. Divided into several sections, the tour offers the visitor a package of amateur photography and the usual basic information that everyone's heard before.
• Cheshire West and Chester Council Watcher describes itself as "Exposing Cheshire West and Chester Council failings, incompetence and wrongdoings. (An antidote to council spin)". A fascinating, if deeply depressing, read.
The Friends of Edgars Field is a group of local people who are dedicated to improving, publicising- and defending from development, as you'll see when you visit- this unique and historic open space next to the River Dee in Handbridge. Be sure to visit the Friends' fascinating and informative website here.
• Another fine site for those interested in the doings of the community on the other side of the Old Dee Bridge: Handbridge.com.
The City of Chester is the only place in Britain to have retained the tradition of regular midday proclamations at a fixed place and time, courtesy of the world's only husband-and-wife town criers! Find out more about them here.
• Be sure to visit the excellent website of the Upton-by-Chester Local History Group
• An interesting new website written by and for the residents of the Newtown district of Chester- be sure to visit the NewTownSaints
• Here is the Lache Park Community Website
• Business advice, networking and much more: the Chester, Ellsmere Port and North Wales Chamber of Trade and Commerce website
• A fascinating collection of the finest Chester blogs can be found at The Deva Station. Its editor writes, "Welcome to what I hope will offer a comprehensive home for all the Chester blogs. I'll be using the Deva Station to explore our city's finest blogs, list them on the links and- hopefully, one day before too long- create the first Chester Blog Awards".
• Somewhere we wished we had more time to visit in the flesh: the excellent and growing website of the Cheshire and Chester Record Office
• A city council website outlining their slant on a proposed- extremely controversial- major new city centre redevelopment: the Northgate Development Home Page. Also here and here. For some alternative views on the subject, here is Seranus' (far from finished) version.
• A detailed guide to the goods and services available at the splendid- but currently, thanks to the aforementioned redevelopment, very threatened- Chester Market.
• "Chester's best kept secret": what's on at the Chester Film Society
• More Chesters! Away across the Atlantic Ocean are...
Do you live in any of the above and can recommend good local web guides (some of the above, in common with town council sites everywhere, are pretty dull to say the least) - or know of any other Chesters anywhere in the world? (somewhere other than the USA and Canada would make a change!)
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