On the 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. There is a hyperlinked index at the end of this page to all the posts about heritage and history, that have appeared on the blog, as well as links to the Cheshire Proverbs series.
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.
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 #1: Background to Roman Chester and the Roman road network
A Touch of Rome #2: A walk along Watling Street West, the Roman road from Chester passing through Aldford and just east of Churton en route to Whitchurch
The Rossett Roman Villa #1: What is a Roman villa and who lived in them?
The Rossett Roman Villa #2: Background to the Rossett Roman villa excavation
The Rossett Roman Villa #3: The 2021 excavation’s excellen Open Day
A visit to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct near Llangollen – Thomas Telford’s 1805 iron trough 126ft over the Dee
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
Object Histories in my Garden series
(in order of discovery, not in chronological order)
Cheshire Proverbs Series
Link to the entire series, as it develops. Alternatively, here is a complete list of the proverbs one by one (ongoing):
- Cheshire Proverbs 1 – Old Proverbs are the Children of Truth – Introduction to the series
- Cheshire Proverbs 2 – Holt Lions, Farndon Bears, Churton Greyhounds and Alford Hares
- Cheshire Proverbs 3 – To grin like a Cheshire cat chewing green gravel
- Cheshire Proverbs 4 – When the daughter is stolen, shut the Pepper Gate
- Cheshire Proverbs 5 – We shall live till we die if the pigs don’t eat us