We popped on the train to Chester the other week. The train is one of those ‘community services’ that chugs through the cheshire countryside, stopping at places, I hadn’t heard of in some cases. At every stop, though, someone got on or off, so its a real lifeline.
Chester itself is a walled city dating back to Roman times, the cathedral, originally founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, has a rich and varied history, and a diverse and exciting future.
The original church was built in the Romanesque or Norman style, parts of which can still be seen today. This church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onwards in the Gothic style, a process which took about 275 years, resulting in the incredible structure we see today.
With the most complete set of monastic buildings in the country, a Georgian square and series of streets, the remains of Roman barracks on the Dean’s field and the largest open green spaces within the walls, we could have spent a lot more time there than we did, but his was January and the weather was not ideal for extended wandering. A return trip is planned in the summer, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of an incredible building.