I hope that you enjoyed Christmas Day with those you love. By my understanding, Boxing Day is one of the Twelve Days of Christmas, so Happy Boxing Day and I’m going to continue my theme of festive lighting until New Year’s Eve at least.
For today – and the following day- we’ll be in Chester. Chester is a small cathedral city in the North West of England and has a history going back to when it hosted a Roman Garrison in the 1st century AD. The city is rich in Roman remains and retains most of its city walls. The main roads in and out of the city had to be entered through gates in those walls and the principal streets are still named after these gates. So, we have Northgate Street, Foregate Street, Bridge Street and Eastgate Street as well as Watergate Street.
Four of these streets meet at a point that, for the sake of this post, I’ll call The Cross. The photo above the first paragraph is one that I took at The Cross, looking up at the lights strung across to the surrounding streets.
Above, you see one corner those strands of light stretched across to the junction of Watergate Street and Bridge Street. Notice too the half-timbered upper level of the main streets – the famous Rows of Chester – which house shops facing out onto a covered, paved area with a balustrade for the safety of pedestrians.
In the image above, we’re walking along Eastgate towards the Eastgate Clock which is featured in the Photo of the Day. From this photo, you get a better idea of how the Rows relate to the street below them.
Above, in Eastgate, close to the Eastgate Clock, you see the brightly lit display windows of the Grosvenor Hotel and the entrance to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre. It isn’t the kind of mall where you are likely to see charity shops or betting shops.
Continuing our walk along Eastgate from The Cross, you now see the Chester Grosvenor frontage as it takes your eyes to the Eastgate Clock, mounted on the city wall, astride the street.
Having reached the clock, we can now return back along the street, to The Cross, illuminated in the distance.
Back at The Cross, we change the direction of our gaze and see the illuminated strand which now reaches across to the corner of Bridge Street and Eastgate street.
For this final image in today’s post I stretched my legs to walk upstairs to the Rows above Eastgate Street and climb the minor ramp to the balustrade, looking across the road to the opposite junction of Eastgate and its Northgate Street corner. Northgate will lead us tomorrow to the Christmas Market and to Chester Cathedral.
For our Photo of the Day, I offer you an image of the Eastgate Clock, taken soon after I arrived in the city, shortly before sunset. The bridge, completed in 1769, allows pedestrian access around the walls of the city. The clock – as you see – is dated 1897 (but was actually completed two years later). It celebrates the diamond jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria.
EXIF data were: Fujifilm X-T4 26 MP apsc mirrorless camera with a Fujinon XF 23 mm f/2 lens. Shutter speed 1/60 secs @ f/5.6 and 23 mm. ISO 4000.