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Chester Rows, Chester

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Chester Rows consist of covered walkways at the first floor behind which are entrances to shops and other premises. At street level is another set of shops and other premises, many of which are entered by going down a few steps. The Rows, found in each of the four main streets of the city of Chester, Cheshire, England, are unique.
Dating from the medieval era, the Rows may have been built on top of rubble remaining from the ruins of Roman buildings, but their origin is still subject to speculation. In some places the continuity of the Rows has been blocked by enclosure or by new buildings, but in others modern buildings have retained the Rows in their designs. Undercrofts or "crypts" were constructed beneath the buildings in the Rows. The undercrofts were in stone while most of the buildings in the Rows were in timber.

Today about 20 of the stone undercrofts still exist, but at the level of the Rows very little medieval fabric remains. Many of the buildings containing portions of the Rows are listed and some are recorded in the English Heritage Archive. The premises on the street and Row levels are used for a variety of purposes; most are shops, but there are also offices, restaurants, cafés, and meeting rooms. Chester Rows are one of the city's main tourist attractions.
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  • The Chester Rows are as much a part of Chester as the famous walls ,these historic mock Tudor structures look amazing and contain all manner of shopping outlets and some fantastic pubs ,very...  more »
  • Walls cathedral museum historic pubs all within short distances train from York easy going and then walked around city taking in canal and walls’ excellent day out  more »
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  • All the pedestrian streets join at the cross... there's usually something going on during the day whether that be street entertainment or buskers. The buildings are fantastic to historically admire, many with an in built covered veranda walkway to walk above street level. If you visit Chester for a stroll around you'll no doubt pass the cross at some point.
  • So rich with history and heritage stemming from ancient Roman Britain to medieval and Tudor architecture. What an incredible city full of beauty, so many incredible places to visit, castle, museum, roman amphitheatre, cathedral, or if you love to shop you are spoilt for choice with a vast plethora of chain shops and standalone niche shops. Coupled with some amazing places to eat, it's difficult not to love this city. Chester, i will be back.
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