Chester River Cruise, England

Get your tickets on board the boat for the
12 o’clock river trip, take a seat, pay on board In common with most rivers on the western coast of the British Isles The River Dee at one time saw huge numbers of salmon returning regularly to spawn upstream. For the moment ladies and gentlemen there will be a short break in the commentary until the commencement of the return part of the cruise. As the vessel turns to begin the return part of the cruise take note of the large white building with a very long window.
It is known as Carlton Villa it was the site of a Roman Villa almost 2,000 years ago and it is still possible to see part of its base below the modern foundations. Further upstream is a stretch of water known locally, for quite obvious reasons, as the long or straight mile. Many British rivers do not have stretches quite like this and consequently, many international rowing teams, including the British national squad, regularly visit here for practice. A little further beyond this straight section,
the river begins to twist and turn, eventually passing through the estate of the Duke of Westminster. The family’s name is Grosvenor and the present Duke owns some 11,000 acres
here just south of the city. His home is known as Eaton Hall and has been
a family possession since the 15th century. The original Grosvenors were actually kinsman of William the Conqueror himself and, as Norman Earls, they controlled most of the land around Chester. I am sure you will have noticed that for quite some time we have been travelling around a long bend in the river In the 11th century the
land on the left hand side was actually an island, known in those days and as an eyot
or eye and was owned by the Norman Earls. When the last Earl died without an heir in
1237, the land passed to the crown and was eventually sold off. Shortly coming into view on the right hand side and standing out very prominently is the lovely church of Saint Paul. Although initially built in 1830 It was comprehensively restored in 1876. Now look out for what appears to be some lovely Georgian buildings on the right hand side. Known as Deva Terrace they were actually built by the Victorians. Diva is the name given to the city 2,000 years ago by the Romans in honour of the Celtic goddess of this very same River Dee on which you are now sailing. We now come to Grosvenor Park on the right hand side. This 20 acre plot of land was given to the people of Chester in the 1860s by Richard
Grosvenor the 2nd Marquis of Westminster. I am sure that many of you will be surprised to know that the very first public park in the world was laid out in Birkenhead, a town north of here just across the River Mersey from Liverpool. With the arrival of the railways in the mid
19th century so people flocked to the city. many of the rich people naturally chose to live
in the suburbs next to the river just like the area of Queens Park on the left. and in 1852 a suspension bridge was built as a pedestrian link into the city. The present bridge replaced
the original in 1923. Some of you may have seen or heard of Browns
Department store in the city. Founded by Susanah Brown in the late 18th century, it later went
on to become one of the best shops in the north of England. It was this same Family
who in the 1880s provided funds for necessary restoration work and the planting of the grove
of lime trees which you can see all along the right-hand side of the river. Today the
area is simply known as The Groves. On the left hand side, immediately opposite
the landing stage where you boarded the vessel, look out for a very large building with classical
columns. It was originally built in Neo-Georgian style in 1937 as the headquarters of the army’s
Western Command. In the distance note the Old Dee Bridge. Built in the 14th century, it replaced a number of partly wooden structures washed away in high floods and tides. There is recent archaeological
evidence that part of its base, on the downstream side, are of Roman origin. A tower on the left-hand side was demolished
in the 1780s. In 1826 the structure was widened for pedestrian traffic and in 1886 tolls were finally abolished What a glorious Summer day in Chester. I hope you enjoyed my boat trip on the River Dee If so, please hit the ‘like’ button. Subscribe if you want to see where Paul T’s World will take you next time.

4 thoughts on “Chester River Cruise, England

  1. Just gorgeous Paul, relaxing and beautiful scenery with some fab commentary on the cruise! If I lived there I would be on that river every day ?

  2. Thank you Paul for adding me in your video with my art work down the Groves in Chester. What a lovely, tranquil depiction of Chester, look forward to seeing many more of your productions xxxx

  3. I enjoyed the ambient sound in this one – In my videos I can never use it since I'm always chattering on to whoever I'm with hehe but it does give a good immersive feeling when you can have the actual sounds of the place – really feels like we're there with you! Lovely! 🙂

  4. Just what's needed when it's grey and wet – a boat trip the Dee on a sunny day, watching the world go by. No rushing, no stress, I can smell the icre-cream. The brass band has a 1960s psychedelic effect, or a scene from The Prisoner. The star of the show is definitely the duck at the end. Very enjoyable, Paul. Thanks.

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