A Conversation for Chester

Chester

Post 1

Bran the Explorer

We visited Chaster in 1995 from Australia. What a great place! Got hassled by some beggers but had a fabbo time! Loved the wall, and the nearness to Wales (in fact we were staying in Pen-y-Mynydd).


Chester

Post 2

Conan the Librarian

One of the few cities in England that still have a wall around it (great for jogging around I would imagine), it is a bit of a tourist magnet. Even has a Starbucks and a Warner Bros. For bookshops, though, you are best to go to Borders at Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port.

By the way, there is a strong local tradition that it is still legal to kill a Welshman within the city walls if he is found there at night. Quite a worrying thought really for a Welshman like myself.

One of the reasons for the "Kill a Welshman" rule (apart from, one assumes, a certain anti-Taffness) is that, being on the border, the local Welsh - when bored - took to burning the non-walled bit of Chester on the Welsh side of the Dee (it being evidently too much trouble to swim over to the English side) so much so that the Welsh name for it is "Burnt Town".

Little known (for good reason) corner - "Chester" is not as one would expect named Chester after a famous person of the same name but rather due to the changing of the Roman name for fort ("Castrum") - it being the base for a Roman Legion (presumably also used for Welsh bashing) from the First Century.


Chester

Post 3

Jink Bo

Conan- It appears you have forgotton that Chester city centre has several good bookshops itself. There is no need to sell your soul to the devil and visit out of town monstrosities- especially Cheshire Oaks!!


Chester

Post 4

Jink Bo

Conan- It appears you have forgotton that Chester city centre has several good bookshops itself. There is no need to sell your soul to the devil and visit out of town monstrosities- especially Cheshire Oaks!!


Chester

Post 5

Conan the Librarian

Jink Bo,

You are correct in asserting the presence of several purveyors of books in Chester. Ones I know about and use are :

Waterstones : both branches (what a shame Dillons is no more - goodbye competition in the town centre)

and

Bookland : quality independent bookshop, with cool crypt on ground floor and what my love assures me is a superb music department on the (gasp ! gasp !) top floor.

However, for sheer enjoyment value, Borders is the best. Sorry, I know it is dicing with the Devil's minions, but, I put it to you, that they have more stock, more comfy chairs, more life music and above all more cafe mocha than any Chester bookshop.

Now if only Waterstones allowed me to take unpurchased books to Parisa just down the road ....


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