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From the Lake District it was time to go to Wales taking a small stop at Chester, together with a guided city tour around its walls.

Chester Church, Chester, 21.01.00

In the middle of town lies the huge church together with its graveyard both with tombstones and as a part of the trail.

Chester, 21.01.00

The streets of Chester remind you of a storybook together with their old buildings. The shops are also two layered, so there is a balcony going throughout the whole city - bit hard to explain actually...

Roman Amphithetre, Chester, 21.01.00

This is what remains of a Roman amphitheatre in Chester. Chester has many ruins such as this, including its city walls which are still in tact.

Chester City, 21.01.00

Another view of the streets of Chester, together with the clock (can't remember the name!) - which is also the second most photographed clock in England.

Chester Castle, 21.01.00

At the end of Chester lies Chester Castle, home to a military museum. This castle does not hold the same value as others seen on this tour - but its still a castle.

Chester Castle, 21.01.00

Another view of the castle.

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The History of Chester

Chester was founded by the Romans in 79 AD. This was to immediately take off and soon a fortress was built there in stone in the year 100 AD. The Romans, in their withdrawel out of England then deserted Chester, leaving it up for grabs. Chester eventually falls into the province of Mercia and becomes the major centre of power in the north west of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom.

Throughout the years Chester suffered much in the wake of both plaque and fire but despite this the town (and castle) kept growing. It wasn't until the English Civil War that the town became a critical point in the fight between royalists and parliamentarians. The city declared itself royalist under Charles I and soon became the subject of attacks by parliamentarians. The years of the war drudged on and the city suffered eventually having to surrendur to the parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell. The problems only reversed eventually when Cromwell passed away and Charles II became King of England, he was to then restore the bishopric and order within the city.

Nowadays, Chester is a tourist city giving off fine examples of architecture and roman life.

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On to Wales and Llanelli...

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