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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)

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!

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.

My Mother Mary Burghall (Married name Davies) used to walk to school everyday across this suspension bridge. She would would walk with her brother's and sisters and friends and she often says that this was the best time of her life.

I remember my Grandma telling me that our ancestors used to make garments for the salmon fishers of the Dee. My Grandfather was born at no 11 Handbridge in 187? and he and his sons and grandsons were and are Freemen of the City of Chester and belong to the Merchant Taylors' Guild. I believe that it is now possible for female children to become Freewomen

I was born in this street in 1965 , my mum and her sister both with their own families lived next door to one another in numbers 34/36 ....Though I'm living in America right now my family all still live in and around the Handbridge area .....

I used to attend St. Marys without the walls church service every Sunday and eventually in 1956 got married there by the Rev. Digby Thomas. My Father had been a choir boy in that church many years before, having lived in Handbridge I used to visit my relatives in Handbridge every week, where my great Uncle worked (...Read full memory)

born Eaton road. 1946.my grandmother lived on greenaway street.name of Peake.always watched the fishermen bringing their nets in.

I think this photograph no. C82013, is of Bridge Street, not Eastgate Street and is taken from the southern end of Bridge Street towards St Peter's Church? The church appears to be the same as photo no 28876 of Bridge Street 1891, and also taken from the same position.