Walking tours: 2019 Chester BBC History Weekend

Our 2019 History Weekend in Chester will include two walking tours around historic Chester, presented by expert historians

Chester. (Photo by Olaf Protze/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Medieval Chester, with Tom Pickles and Katherine Wilson

When: Friday 25 October, 12–1.30pm

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Price: £10 including a BBC History Magazine Special Edition (collected from the Festival Hub) RRP £9.99. Strictly limited places, book now to avoid disappointment.

Where: Please meet outside Chester Town Hall 10 minutes before your walking tour begins

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Death and the city, with Howard Williams (taking in Overleigh cemetery and St Johns Priory)

When: Friday 25 October, 2–3.30pm

What: This tour will explore two locations significant for telling the story of death, burial and commemoration for the city of Chester and its region. First we head across the Grosvenor Bridge over the River Dee to visit the Victorian and Edwardian sections of Overleigh cemetery, constructed as a garden cemetery for the city and its environs. The cemetery reveals how monuments and cemetery space were deployed to express sentiment, faith, and social status for the city’s dead. Then we walk along the banks of the River Dee and over the Queen’s Park Bridge to visit the church of St John the Baptist, Chester, for a time a medieval cathedral church, and home to a fabulous collection of Viking-period memorial crosses, later medieval grave-slabs, and early modern epitaphs. En route we will visit various other features revealing connections between memory, faith and identity in Chester’s past: including the unique Roman shrine to the goddess Minerva, a vertical coffin, and Chester’s loneliest gravestone.

Price: £10 including a BBC History Magazine Special Edition (collected from the Festival Hub) RRP £9.99. Strictly limited places, book now to avoid disappointment.

Where: Please meet outside Chester Town Hall 10 minutes before your walking tour begins

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Find out more about the 2019 BBC History Magazine Weekends in Chester and Winchester here