Key to the City™, Chester.

The Chester Story

Roman Amphitheatre, Chester
Roman Amphitheatre, Chester

Knowing the story of Chester will hopefully help you enjoy the city more. In this section we will dive into the past, including Chester's origins as a Roman fortress, and look at the people of Chester who made the city famous. More articles coming soon.

You can also delve into the past in our Chester Old Postcards from the Past section.

A Brief History of Chester

East Gate Clock, City Walls, Chester
East Gate Clock, City Walls, Chester

Chester was founded by the Romans who arrived late AD 61 and afterwards occupied the city for several centuries building an impressive fortress. The city's earliest name was Deva, after the river, while the name by which we know the city is the Saxon form of the Latin word castra (a camp).

Famous People from Chester

Foregate Street, Chester

Chester is the birth place of or home to some well known writers, sport stars, musicians, politicians and artists. We list a few of the most notable here. If you have the time, we urge you to read a little more about each one on the internet.

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