Historical information


Chester’s Roman origins date from AD 79, when the Roman fortress of Deva was constructed in the territory of the Cornovii tribe by Legion II Adiutrix. Chester celebrates 2,000 years of history,
key dates include:

689 St John's Church founded by Ethelred of Mercia
980 The Vikings attack Chester, doing great damage
1075 St John's Church rebuilt as a cathedral by Bishop
1120s Southern sector of the city walls built
c1150-1200 Western sector of the city walls built
1323 The Water Tower and spur wall from the north-west
1704 City walls partially rebuilt and converted to promenades

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