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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Rows Chester

The Rows are a unique feature of Chester's historical civic architecture and one of the town's main tourist attractions.

Originally medieval in origin, the Rows in Chester are galleried, timber walkways above a lower level of shops at ground level. The Rows lead to the entrances of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs and run along Chester's four main shopping streets: Bridge Street, Watergate Street, Northgate Street and Eastgate Street, intersecting at The Cross.

The Rows Chester.

The Rows connect with the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, a more contemporary shopping experience.

The Rows were built from the late 13th century onwards and now contain both Tudor and later Victorian buildings. Why the Rows were constructed as they are is not clear from the historical evidence available. Experts suggest the hard bedrock near the surface prevented shopkeepers constructing cellars so they built upwards instead or the amount of Roman debris had raised a level of Chester's ancient streets.

The Rows Chester.

The Rows in Chester can be visited along with nearby Dewa Roman Experience, Chester's Roman Amphitheater, St John's Church, the Meadows, Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral, the River Dee and the Cross.

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