Roman Chester: Fortress at the Edge of the World Paperback – 1 Oct 2012
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About the Author
David Mason has been involved in the investigation and research of Chester's archaeology and history for more than 30 years. He directed excavations in the 1970s that discovered the first Anglo-Saxon buildings to be found in Chester. He is the author of the widely acclaimed "Roman Chester: AD400-1066." He lives in Caergwrle, Flintshire, just outside Chester.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like the author, I grew up in Chester and remember modern day Chester in its prime. I remember the days when Chester cared about itself and the mini museums in King Charles Tower and the Water Tower were open. Sadly, Chester is just another clone town but many independant retailers still exist such as the excellent toyshop on Watergate Street (reason enought to visit Chester...) You will be hard pressed to find any roman remains in situ, apart from about a 1/3rd of an amphitheatre and naturally parts of the wall. Oh to go back to the early 1960's and change certain planning decisions that cut the heart out of the town. Maybe Chester would have become like York.
There are a number of books around that cover this time period but non really cover the subject in depth, only covering Roman Chester as one moment in time rather that the 400 years or so that the fort developed into a Roman town and borough. It may appear obvious, but I had only just realised why the Cross, where the four cardinal streets meet, is a staggered junction and not a +! This excellent book gives an insight into what once lay under your feet and comes highly recommended.
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very interesting as I study and read Roman History this book has been in my bag when I visited Roman Chester (Deva) on many occassionsPublished 10 months ago by Chris