Eastgate Street, Chester – Circa 1903

The Eastgate was rebuilt in 1769, replacing an older gate demolished the year before. The famous clock, one of Chester’s best-known landmarks, was given to the city by Colonel Evans-Lloyd and erected in a tower of wrought-iron, which was paid for using the balance of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Celebration Fund. The clock stands as a memorial for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and was ceremoniously set in motion by the Mayoress of Chester on 24th May, 1899 at 12.45 p.m.; the same day as Queen Victoria’s eightieth birthday. Through the arch can be seen part of Blossoms Hotel, before it was aligned with the rest of the street.

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I started collecting Chester History in 2004 when my father got diagnosed with the terrible illness Alzheimers, i initially started to do family history to try and capture any memories he could recall (i got back to 1610 my wife side of the family & 1724 my side based on his initial recollections), to preserve them for my families future generations, when doing this i found his mind became very active talking about the past. Observing this i started to show old pictures of Chester, and the result was fantastic, he could recall many past scenarios , events, places etc. From this i started to collect all i could about Chester (no expense spared), with the view to try to keep his mind active, i have many pictures, postcards, books, adverts, etc which i would like to share, giving credit to the original authors where possible.
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