Chester, Cathedral, The Undercroft 1923

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Caption for Chester, Cathedral 1923: The great Norman undercroft of Chester Cathedral. As well as its more ancient parts, Chester has the distinction of being the only cathedral since the 15th century to have a detached bell tower built. The Addleshaw Tower was completed in 1974, its construction deemed necessary owing to the unsafe condition of the bell-frame in the central tower.

An extract from Cheshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Chester


I remember going to Chester Zoo as a child with my parents and grandparents during the 1970s, each visit was really great, except for the hippos who made one of the worst smells I have ever smelt - it was nauseating!

I was born in 1942 in Upton-by-Chester and my mother's family (Maddock) owned the butcher's shop that became Toycraft on Watergate Street, and one in the Market in the sixties. My parents emigrated to Canada with me in tow in 1956 and I get a lump in my throat, still, when I look at pictures or visit. Such a lot of history in (...Read full memory)

My uncle Bill Wright lived & worked in Chester from the war period to 1963. He was a widower and had a damp old ground floor of a rather grand house beside the wooden bridge across the Dee. My Aunts , his sisters would go up from London and stay with him and I would go every summer to stay a couple of weeks.He loved (...Read full memory)

In the 1901 census my Great Grandparents the Burghall's were living here.They lived in Upper Northgate Street the census says. I can trace the Burghall family back to Tattenhall in 1841. My mother has fond memories born in 1926, Mary Burghall, of diving and swimming the Dee, and attending Hunter Street School and St John's School.

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Caption for Chester, Cathedral 1923: The great Norman undercroft of Chester Cathedral. As well as its more ancient parts, Chester has the distinction of being the only cathedral since the 15th century to have a detached bell tower built. The Addleshaw Tower was completed in 1974, its construction deemed necessary owing to the unsafe condition of the bell-frame in the central tower.

An extract from Cheshire Photographic Memories.

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