Heritage

On this blog, the heritage posts will cover topics from early prehistory to the present day.  Most of these posts will be straightforward attempts to accurately represent different aspects of the area’s prehistory and history.

The Cuppin Street rescue excavation in Chester one lunchtime, 1986 or 87. My photo.

As a prehistorian, I am particularly looking forward to finding out more about the local prehistory.  Having excavated for a number of seasons in Chester many years ago, I am also looking into more about the Roman activity in rural areas around Chester. Sites, monuments and buildings of all types and ages will eventually find their way onto the blog.  A steady obsession with 19th Century long distance shipping will doubtless find an outlet here as well, via the former port of Chester and (yes, I know it’s a stretch) Birkenhead and Liverpool.

Churton School showing the motifs of the Grosvenor family who donated the school in 1894

I will certainly find myself covering a very large geographical area, including sites, buildings and landmarks that are immediately local, others that are further afield, and a number of destinations that can only be reached, realistically, by dedicating a morning, afternoon or entire day.

I would very much like to incorporate local research into homes, buildings and families.  If you have anything you would like to talk about contributing, it would be super to hear from you.

To make the site more navigable I add links below in chronological order, from prehistory to the present, to act as a table of contents for the heritage posts on the blog page, so that those interested in particular time periods will be able to follow the story in a logical  sequence.  Below that is a list of the ongoing Cheshire Proverb series.

Posts in roughly chronological order (by historical date)

A Touch of Rome #1Background to Roman Chester and the Roman road network
A Touch of Rome #2A walk along Watling Street West, the Roman road from Chester passing through Aldford and just east of Churton en route to Whitchurch

Exhibition overview: Hidden Holt – The Story of a Roman Site.  An exhibition at Wrexham Museum about the Roman tile and pottery works at Holt by the river Dee

The Shocklach motte-and-bailey castles at Castleton, southeast of Farndon dating to c.1100.

Beeston Castle #1 – Ranulf III’s 1220 castle: Who was Ranulf?
Beeston Castle #2  – The walk, the castle, the visit

The Talbot hound in Churton-by-Aldford, first appearing on the  Grosvenor family coat of arms in 1597

The Bishop Bennet Way: Who was Bishop Bennet and why do we travel his Way? (18th Century)

Thomas Telford and William Hazledine’s Eaton Hall Estate “Iron Bridge” at Aldford, 1824

The 1854 turnpike from Chester to Worthenbury via Churton, with a branch to Farndon – Part 1, Background
The 1854 turnpike from Chester to Worthenbury via Churton, with a branch to Farndon – Part 2, The Turnpike

A late 19th Century bottle found in my garden:  The Chester Lion Brewery Co., 1846-1902

Another late 19th Century bottle from my garden:  J.F. Edisbury and Co,, Pharmacy.

Fragment of a late 19th Century Codd-neck bottle found in my garden

The 1858 Barnston Memorial to Roger Barnson, who died in the Indian Mutiny of 1857

The 1898 mileposts between Farndon, Churton, Aldford and Huntington

Churton commercial residents listed in the late 19th and early 20th Century Postal Directories, with relevant gravestones in Farndon and Aldford churchyard cemeteries

Comparing an early 1900s Churton postcard with a 1911 map and a modern photograph.  Spot the difference 🙂

Cheshire Proverbs Series

Link to the entire series, as it develops.  Alternatively, here is a complete list of the proverbs one by one (ongoing):

 

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