Posted by: travelrat | January 7, 2015

Chester

Chester

Chester: 17th December 2014.

If you stick a pin in a map of England, the chances are it will land close to a town or city with ‘-chester’, ‘-cester’ or ‘-caster’ incorporated in its name. Such names date from the Roman occupation, and come from the Latin ‘castra’ – a military fort or encampment.

You might think, therefore, that ‘Chester’ was a fairly important place, being simply ‘The Camp’, and needing no further adornment or description. So it was … but the Romans didn’t call it Chester; their name for it was Deva.

They did leave some remnant of their passing, but I shan’t dwell too much on that, for I haven’t visited them yet. Except for the city walls, which we walked around on a previous visit. It’s the most complete city wall in Britain; and it’s possible to make almost a full circuit, save for one short break near the City Hall.

The footpath on top of the wall crosses the main thoroughfares by means of bridges and arches … and on top of one is the ornate clock placed on it to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
And there it stands … star of every other postcard in Chester. I was going to say (Greek religious painting) but I made a resolution to avoid that over-used word.

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