After our first night of reasonable sleep, we decided the best plan of action for the next two days before we head north to Scotland was to keep as busy as possible. We were suffering from further jetlag which was sending us for a bit of a loop. So off to Chester we did go.
It was only about a 20 mile (UK still uses miles) drive but due to the heavy traffic which is perpetual in on the roads, it took us over an hour. Wolfgang had brought his left hand drive car across from Germany which we used for our mode of transportation. Imagine sitting in the front passenger seat heading straight into on coming traffic whilst the driver is sitting in the gutter. Just a little bit unnerving is an understatement. It was difficult for us to find a volunteer for that hot seat!!
We have been to Chester once before back in 2016 and it was via canal boat.
It was sad to see that the city has been hit hard by covid with a lot of businesses having closed up. Now, like a lot of other tourist spots, the streets are filled by eateries. As it is early in the season, we were not engrossed in crowds of tourists.
There are still a number of original mail boxes around which are made of heavy iron and have the royal initials permanently on them, of the period of the when the post box was installed. In this case it was for Queen Victoria. It was noted by us that the new boxes are made of a heavy plastic with a plagued screwed in with the current monarchs initials. Of the heavy metal ones around most of them have the initials of ERII on them. We thinks that Bonny Prince Charlie’s initials are going to be of the plastic version.
Here is a short passage from google about the breakdown of who has how many post boxes with their insiginia on it. Some of them even have heritage listing.
More than 60% of current British post boxes carry the EIIR mark of Queen Elizabeth II or a Scottish crown. Boxes from the reign of George V account for about 15% of the total. There are smaller numbers, in descending order, of boxes from the reigns of George VI, Victoria, and Edward VII. The Letter Box Study Group has identified 171 boxes surviving from the short 1936 reign of Edward VIII.
Chester was founded in 79 AD but the earliest date we found was 1275 on the wall of the building below.
The city walls of Chester are some of the best-preserved in the country and have Grade I listed status. It has a number of medieval buildings, but many of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are Victorian restorations, originating from the Black-and-white Revival movement. Apart from a 100-metre (330 ft) section, the walls are almost complete.
Now to the Chester Cathedral. It is Anglican and old!!! Rather than blurb on about it we have put in a link for you should you be interested. We didn’t go inside as short of time but it does look spectacular.
So that was a full day for us all. Back to the Overwater Marina where the boat was moored for yet another early night.
Nothing to blog about the next day, as it was spent on the boat refreshing our memories as to what is where and how everything works for when we take her away for our three and a half month cruise beginning early June.