History at Chester: Let the Past be your Future

With a rich historical past extending back nearly two millennia, there’s no better place to study History than the historical city of Chester. People and past events are rooted in spaces and places – that’s why as a student studying History at the University of Chester you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to explore some of the city’s historic sites.

To give you an idea of what you can expect as a student at Chester, here are three places that our History lecturers might take you during your studies.

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is one of the city’s most notable historic sites.

You might visit the Cathedral as part of your studies with Tom Pickles to explore its Anglo-Saxon and Norman past, or with Jenny Hillman to access its rich archive of early modern documents. You might even visit on your own to make use of its atmospheric library. And, if that’s not enough, as a student at Chester you’ll even have the fantastic opportunity to graduate in this historic setting.

Chester City Walls

Wrapping around the City, the Roman Walls are a fantastic place to explore. Built by the Romans when they established the fortress of Deva Victrix between 70 and 80 AD, the Walls were re-built in the medieval and early modern periods.

The Watergate in the west wall was a point of entry for the goods exchanged by the merchants in the medieval shops that are preserved behind the Victorian facades of Chester Rows, and is a reminder that Chester was a major medieval port. You might visit this with Katherine Wilson to explore the commercial and consumer revolutions of the later Middle Ages.

During the English Civil War, the royalists of Chester were besieged and the City Walls were witness to the scale of this conflict: you might visit with Peter Gaunt to view the royalist gun platform on Morgan’s Mount or the visible breach in the south east section made by Parliamentarian cannons.

Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park is a 19th-century park donated to Chester by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster, and designed by Edward Kemp. You might visit with Clare Hickman and Rebecca Andrew to explore the relationship between landscape, garden design, and civic identities in modern Chester.

Want to Know More?

For more information about studying History at the University of Chester, take a look at our website, follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts, or contact Senior Lecturer Tom Pickles on t.pickles@chester.ac.uk

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