Medieval Steps

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Steps or Ladders prompt.

This is the corner of Eastgate Street and Bridge Street in the city of Chester in Cheshire, England. The two sets of steps in this photo originated in medieval times.

The steps around the Chester High Cross are relatively modern due to it being broken up during the English Civil War. The top of the cross was saved and other pieces were discovered in the 19th century and were used in a reconstruction of the cross.

The steps leading up from street level to the first floor take you to the Chester Rows. The Rows are a series of covered walkways giving access to businesses on that level. Dating back to medieval times little is known about them and their origin is subject to much speculation.

CBWC: Steps or ladders
One Word Sunday


This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Arch.

This is the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire, England, the oldest bridge in the city.

The Romans built the first bridge at this site. It’s thought this bridge dates back to some time between 1357 and 1367. It’s built of local red sandstone and has seven arches, all of which are different dimensions.

One Word Sunday: Arch


CFFC: Anything Man Made

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Anything Man Made.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before deciding to go with two photos showing a huge difference in man made objects made centuries apart.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is a section of the city walls in Chester, England. Parts of this section are Roman with medieval additions with the tower probably built in 13th century. 

Close up of sprinkles on a donut.


Throwback Thursday

St Mary’s Church, Acton near Nantwich

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

First I should apologise to anyone who follows my Facebook page as I posted this photo on there recently. The reason for using this photo as a Throwback Thursday post is because there’s an example of 17th century vandalism in the photo.

This is St Mary’s Church in Acton near Nantwich, Cheshire. The church is historically significant, the tower is the oldest in Cheshire and there are carved stones internally that date back to Norman times.

But it’s the tall, four sided sundial on the right side of the photo that I want to talk about. It started life as a medieval cross until someone in the late 17th century decided to turn it into a sundial. Can you imagine the outcry if someone suggested such a thing these days.

Throwback Thursday: 7th May 2020


Photo Challenges

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

This is my contribution to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old.

When I read the prompt I thought of my home town, Nantwich in southern Cheshire.

St Mary’s Church in the centre of the town dates back to the 14th century. Interestingly, the church consists of two different architectural styles after construction was interrupted for 20 years, possibly because of the Black Death.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

The western facade.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

A monochrome photo of part of the interior showing some of the woodwork and stonework.



Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow.

On reading the prompt my first thought was of canal narrowboats but I had used canals and narrowboats in a couple of posts recently so I decided to go with a different take on the challenge.

I started thinking about some of the narrow streets in some of the remaining medieval portions on some towns and cities. Which got me thinking about the city of Chester with its narrow streets and the city walls that are a mixture of Roman and Medieval construction.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Eastgate Street looking towards Eastgate with the Eastgate Clock on top.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is the walkway across Eastgate and under the Eastgate Clock.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Walk under the clock and along the wall you come to the Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the city walls.


Photo Challenges

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys.

Over Christmas I started making digital versions of the slides in my archives. I had previously digitised around 1,500 key slides but there are about 15,000 in my archives. I am currently about halfway through the process.

So a selection of English chimneys photographed in the 1980s from my archives.

An interesting old stone chimney on the corner of Eastgate Street and Bridge Street in the historic centre of Chester, Cheshire.

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys


A soon to be demolished chimney on a former small pox hospital north of London.

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys


Chimneys on some historic buildings on The Square, Nantwich, Cheshire.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys


Some chimneys in north London during a severe hailstorm. The “speckled” appearance of the storm clouds is falling hail.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys