A combination of Roman and
Medieval relics, as well as many fine timber framed buildings, makes Chester
(Roman city of Deva, one of England's most interesting cities. Roman
occupation in the later 1st Century made Chester an important military point.
During most of the Roman occupation it was the headquarters of one of the three
Roman legions in Britain. The present city wall follows the line of the
Roman wall and in places incorporates pieces of it. The most important
Roman area is the amphitheatre. It is the largest amphitheatre so far
discovered in Britain. Built of stone it covers an area of 314ft by 286ft
with an arena of 190ft by 162ft. The rows, a unique feature of the city
can be found in Watergate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge street. You
can inspect modern shops in the appropriate stretches of the streets, take the
first flight of stairs you find between shops and find yourself walking on the
roofs of the shops besides another row of shops set further back, an interesting
form of pedestrian precinct.
The most evocative upstairs
- downstairs house in Britain. The authentic kitchen, laundry, bakehouse,
coach house, stables, sawmill, smithy and joiners shop, show how 18th and 19th
Century servants lived and worked, while upstairs the state rooms display the
exquisite furniture and textiles made for the house in the 1720s. The
formal early 18th century garden has been fully restored and contains the
national ivy collection.
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