The Architectural History of Chester Term Paper

An illustrated architectural history of Chester in Northern England.
# 150411 | 1,902 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | GB
Published on Feb 14, 2012 in Architecture (European) , History (British)

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This paper examines Chester's architecture from a historical point of view and focuses on the question as to what we can learn about the history of Chester from the architectural evidence present in the buildings. The statement above sets out a clear framework for analysing whether or not Chester was influenced primarily by one particular era or whether it is more the case that several eras have had significant influence on the city. The paper also looks at how the modern face of Chester is not that of a city that was built in entirely one era but that the modern face of Chester represents the myriad influences that have affected Chester since it was first a Roman settlement in AD70. The paper is illustrated with many color photos.

From the Paper:

"So what do these different types of buildings tell us about Chester's history. How do we frame Chester within the statement we set out from? Is it a history defined by one particular era or does the current face of Chester tell a more interesting and complex story? We know that initially Chester was a Roman town, there remains evidence for this in sections of the wall. The influence of the strong military foundations of the city are still important today, with the wall being particularly prominent, as well as the Roman layout of the four main roads (Eastgate, Northgate, Foregate and Bridge Street). If one looks at a current tourist map of the city (fig.6) one can still see this clear Roman layout and the military influence behind how the town has been set out. We can also see the medieval influence on the layout of parts of the wall. The urban morphology within this is particularly interesting as each particular era has left quite a dominant and clear indicator of itself. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chester Tourist. An Interactive map of the city of Chester. ( [accessed 23/11/2009]
  • Jones, Philip. 2009. An Illustrated History of Chester. London: Breedon Books.
  • Ward, Simon. 2009. Chester: A History. Chichester: Phillimore and Co..

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