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George Lee Fenwick (1836/7-1911)) was born in Ryhope, Durham and became the second Chief Constable in Chester, from 1864 to 1898. He was an educated man, believed to have been a schoolmaster before he became cheif clerk of Leeds City Police at the age of 23 in 1860, and then moved to Chester as Chief Constable at the age of 27. He read for the OED and was credited with 2,200 quotations in 1884.

Fenwick was involved personally in several actual historical events including the "Black Sunday" confrontation between the "skeleton army" and the salvationists, and the Fenian attempt on Chester Castle.


Fenwicks history of Chester is well informed and quite readable. It contains a useful summary of artists and writers from Chester.

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