My heart goes for Chester, UK.

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Of course, Britain is known through London. But this is not all and visiting Great Britain is a must in your life. Chester is a lovely city that will make you love this wonderful country.

After the Norman conquest of 1066 by William I, resistance continued for many years after the invasion. In 1069 local resistance in Cheshire was finally put down using draconian measures as part of the Harrying of the North. The ferocity of the campaign against the English populace was enough to end all future resistance. Examples were made of major landowners such as Earl Edwin of Mercia, their properties confiscated and redistributed amongst Norman barons. William I made Cheshire a county palatine and gave Gerbod the Fleming the new title of Earl of Chester. When Gerbod returned to Normandy in about 1070, the king used his absence to declare the earldom forfeit and gave the title to Hugh d’Avranches. Due to Cheshire’s strategic location on Welsh Marches, the Earl had complete autonomous powers to rule on behalf of the king in the county palatine.

The Roman fortress and walls of Chester, perhaps the earliest building works in Cheshire remaining above ground, are constructed from purple-grey sandstone.

The distinctive local red sandstone has been used for many monumental and ecclesiastical buildings throughout the county: for example, the medieval CastleChester Cathedral  and numerous parish churches. Occasional residential and industrial buildings, are also in this sandstone.

Many surviving buildings from the 15th to 17th centuries are timbered, particularly in the southern part of the county. Notable examples include the moated manor house Little Moreton Hall, dating from around 1450, and many commercial and residential buildings in Chester, and surrounding villages.

By the 1700s, the River Dee had changed course and the port had silted up. The walls were no longer needed for defence and were restyled into the pleasant walkways that we enjoy today. The Industrial Revolution brought canals, railways and roads. It was during this time that many important buildings were restored.

The most distinctive medieval feature of the city is The Rows. These are double-level walkways with a continuous line of balconies and with shops at street and first-floor levels. The Rows are unique and were certainly in existence in the 14th century.

This said, Chester gives you that awesome and deep British culture. Spend some days in that city and you shall not be desapointed. Stay at the Grosvenor hotel to live in a noble house owned by the Duke of Westminster, Lord Grosvenor.

The Chester zoo is worth a visit as well.

I started my career at 17 years old in Chester and since then, I miss Chester.

 

 

 

 

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