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Old Mar 11, 2009, 6:55 AM   #1
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The city of Chester, about 10 miles north of our village, is a major UK tourist attraction, included in many coach tours. Its most famous feature is the originally mediaeval, but mostly 19th-century-recreated galleried half-timbered shopping streets, "The Rows". But, as 10 seconds with a search engine will show you those, here is a lesser known bit.

Thisis a2nd century Roman shrine to thegoddess Minerva,in a park just across the old R.Dee bridge from the town centre. It's the only such shrine in N.Europe remaining in situ. Its best defence against vandalism may well be the absence of the interpretive sign that should be on the left. http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=18456

There are many other Roman remains, including such oddities as a bath in the basement of a jacket potato outlet. Part of the largest amphitheatre in Britain is also visible, but half of it remains covered with buildings.
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Old Mar 11, 2009, 7:05 AM   #2
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The other great joy of the town is its continuous mediaeval walls, with few small gaps (for nuisances like roads). A few parts are original Roman. Here is one of the most scenic bits, next to the river, not too far from the coach park, so seen by the more mobile tourists. I hope that the probably-original Georgian house on the right is well propped-up, as the true vertical is presumably indicated by its mock-Georgian neighbours.

When much younger and able, I used to run in an annual Boxing Day 'Round the Walls' race, with hundreds of others. After a slippery year with many injuries, 'Health & Safety' reduced it to a Somme-battlefield-like splodge round the town horse-racing track, of no interest whatever.
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Old Mar 11, 2009, 7:20 AM   #3
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Great photos with a great history lesson as well.
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I've enjoyed your photographic outings, Alan, including this one. Very interesting explanations of what we were viewing. Thanks so much.
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Old Mar 12, 2009, 8:01 PM   #5
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Lovely scenery, Alan. I really like that second one.

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