Video guides to Chester

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Here are some early video's of Chester:

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Here are some video's of Chester (good, bad and ugly) - be warned some contain a few inaccurate statements about Chester:

The Videos

Guides are not always right

First off, a sometimes inaccurate guide to Chester, but mostly accurate. They get the story of an inscription in Park Street completely wrong - the Romans did not put quotes from the bible on their coins - just because something is written in latin doesn't mean it is Roman.

Blundering on, one of the first things this "tour" guide says is that we can trust him, he then says that the law courts are "County Hall" and the Agricola Tower at Chester Castle was the original Roman gate of the city: actually it was built about 1210 and would have been outside the Roman walls.

Circuits of the walls

Next up, a video circuit of somewhat crowded walls from October 2018. Not to be taken too seriously as the narrator has been misinformed by a "tour guide" that many of the trees have been planted by the Romans...

Yet another "silent movie". Not many clangers in this one: except that what is called the Shipgate is actually the Bridgegate. It must have been made some time ago as he manages to get round the walls without any bits being closed!

Another "silent movie" - supposedly of the Roman Walls, although much of what is filmed isn't Roman at all:

Entertaining "Amateurs"

At first it seems that the author of this uncommonly steady one gets lost, but all is soon explained as he visits parts of Chester off the usual tourist route including Brook Street!

Man with camera wanders about without getting run over or colliding with too many people. Don't watch this if you have motion sickness;

Another uninformative movie, with more motion sickness;

Tourist Pics

Just some "Tourist Pics":

Another with no commentary;

Wierd Stuff

Flying a drone in the City Center (is that even legal?) - although it must have been taken early in the morning as there are very few people about. Watch carefully and you will see some cars moving at insane speeds - the film has been speeded up - there is even a rocket propelled bird in the Roman Gardens;

Next up, an American student studying the "Archaeology of Death" - seems to spend her time shopping and walking around the walls;

A bit of hidden historical humour next. The music is "Greensleeves". There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn. Boleyn allegedly rejected King Henry's attempts to seduce her, and this rejection may be referred to in the song when the writer's love "cast me off discourteously" (however, the piece is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after Henry's death, making it more likely to be Elizabethan in origin). That being said it featues a Cathederal that was once an Abbey which Henry dissolved and the wording off a coin from the time of Henry's son.

Even More...

Five things to do in Chester: they don't include visiting the Cathedral, walking along the Walls or visiting the amphitheatre...

Possibly intended as an advert for rail tickets...

More standard tourist stuff;

Don't know what to say about the next one except that I used to like the Burger King in Bridge Street..

Ed Alleyne-Johnson features in this one. Why does everyone have to film what people still call "the ugly pink flats";

Back to the Big Freeze of 2010/11 and that fantastic Big Wheel in the castle car-park;

The next one is interesting: if only because Hooligan of ChesterWiki is in it as a passer by (about 30 sec in - fellow with the grey hair):

I thought this next one had the right idea by filming the river from in front of the "ugly pink flats", but no, they end up being filmed anyway:

This one is quite good;

This one is quite good - although the 1st Duke of Westminster was never Bishop of Chester and he isn't buried in the Cathedral - he was cremated in Woking Crematorium and his ashes were buried in the churchyard of Eccleston Church;

Finally, an accurate and helpful video about the falconry center - very inexpensive and well worth a visit;