Chester, The Eastgate c.1930

Memories of Chester


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)

This photo shows the home and business of John Gill Shaw my great great grandfather.  He was born 23 November 1813.  He had 12 children some of which continued his ironmonger business into at least the 1920s.  His daughter, Martha, married Henry Craven, my great grandfather, of Buckley, Wales, on (...Read full memory)

Just happened across your print surfing the web, my ancestors lived on Greenaway Street, they were salmon fishers. Their names were Buckley and Barlow. I spent many years down by the river and park as a youngster. Very fond memories, I now live in Canada

What a wonderful place to explore and grow up in, particularly as a history loving child. Born in Southport to await my father's return from army service in 1945, we soon moved back to the family origins in Chester. The Taylor family had lived in Chester, within the walls since the mid 1700's. In the late 1940's the (...Read full memory)

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