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Interesting facts about Chester

Chester, U.K. Population: Approx 120,622 Longitude: -2.92 Latitude: 53.2 120 FT above Sea Level

Main motorway links to Chester and Cheshire are through the M6, M56, M53.

The nearest airports to Chester and Cheshire are Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon, which are both about 40 minutes by road from Chester.

There are frequent, high speed direct services between London Euston and Chester in approximately two hours. There are also regular rail services between Manchester Piccadilly Station and Chester and Liverpool Lime Street and Chester.

Where is Chester?
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Chester is located in the heart of the UK about 197 Miles / 317 KM from London.
It is most southerly part of England's Northwest region. You can use Chester as a base for visiting Liverpool and Manchester, the Peak District, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Snowdonia.

Chester Facts

St Werburgh

St Werburgh is the patron saint of Chester

Nearest motorways are the M53 and the M56
Chester covers an area of 44,804 Hectares, 110,711 Acres, 448 Square Kilometres, 173 Square Miles.
The name Chester is derived from the Latin for a Camp 'Castra'
The Roman name for Chester was 'Deva'. Named after the goddess of the River Dee. The Roman name was pronounced Dewa because the Romans used the letter V to represent a W
The population of Chester in 2001 was 118,200
Chester is the best preserved walled city in England
The population was 48% Male (56,951) 52% Female (61,259)
The Rows which are galleried shopping walkways are unique to Chester
An average of 2.6 Residents per Hectare
Chester as a city is over 2000 years old
116,352 Residents lived in 50,130 households
Chester held out against the Norman invasion until 1070
The average household size was 2.32
78% (92,377) of the population described their religion as Christian
The White ethnic group accounted for 98% (115,901) of the population
Chester had a narrow gauge (3'6") Electric Tram system from 6th April 1903 - 15th February 1930
It had a horse drawn tramway from 1879

Old Tram Tracks near Bus Depot, City Road Old Tram Depot used now as a Bus Depot, City Road

Chester's Claim to Fame

- Chester has the oldest race course in the Country.

- Chester has the Largest Roman Amphitheatre in the Country.

- Chester has the only surviving rock cut Roman Shrine in the Country.

- Chester has the most complete set of Town Walls in the Country.

- The Rows are Unique to Chester.

- Chester Cathedral is the North West's most popular tourist attraction.

- Henry Gee was mayor of Chester in 1540. He cancelled the Traditional Shrove Tuesday football game and replaced it with a horse race. His surname is where we get the informal name for race horses
'Gee Gee's'.

John Speed

John Speed (1552-1629) the famous Map Maker was born in Farndon near Chester.

Thomas Brassey

Thomas Brassey the Railway Engineer was born in Chester. There is a bust of him in Chester Cathedral. - Chester Station Thomas Brassey


The Rock Band Mansun came from places around Chester.

Ranulf Higden (1299 - 1364)

Medieval monk and author of the Polychronicon >>>

Ranulf Higden Polycronicon Piece of the Burial Cloth

He died in Chester and is buried in Chester Cathedral.
Click Here >>> to read the account of the discovery of the tomb of Ranulf Higden in Chester Cathedral.
World Map by Ranulf Higden, from the Polychronicon, 1350(oriented with East at the top) Click Here >>>

Ranulf Higdens Tomb


Randolph Caldecott (1846 - 1886) Illustrator and Artist

Plaque on No. 16 Bridge Street. The birth place of Randolph Caldecott The Rows An illustration 'Ye month of Aprile' by Randolph Caldecott

Randolph Caldecott was born in No. 16 Bridge Street, Chester on the 22nd March 1846 the son of an accountant.
Famous for his illustrations in New York Daily Graphic, Punch, The London Graphic, Pictorial World, London Society and the Illustrated London News.
He died in February 1886 and there is a memorial to him in St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

The Randolph Caldecott Society
WELCOME to the Randolph Caldecott Society UK Browse our pages to find out -
WHO was Randolph Caldecott? (Click here for info kindly provided by the RC Soc of America.)
WHY is there a Society named after him? WHAT we can offer you EXAMPLES of his work
WHERE to find out more.
Download an Information Leaflet about the society here >>>

Randolph Caldecott died in America. See his Grave here >>>

An illustration 'Ye month of Aprile' by Randolph Caldecott is above on the right.

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