TALES FROM THE PAST
Dark Chester: The Coffin in the Wall
St John’s Church, Chester, has been a place of spiritual retreat and learning since the Anglo-Saxon times. But it’s also home to one of Chester’s greatest mysteries: the coffin in the wall. Green badge guide David Atkinson picks up the story...
Dark Chester: The Tale of John Clare
Chester green badge guide David Atkinson leads Dark Chester walking tours. Expect tales of plague, poltergeists and religious persecution. In this extract from the tour, he describes the gruesome fate of John Clare, a man sentenced to death in 1801 for stealing loaf of bread.
More Than a Shop: Browns of Chester
In this short talk, Dr. Rebecca Andrew from the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester, discusses her ongoing research as part of the 'More than a Shop: Remembering Browns of Chester' Project, using material in the collections at Chester Record Office.
The Chester Workhouses: A Talk by Nick Kevern
Nick Kevern, editor of Inside History, explores the lives of those who experienced life in the House of Industry by the Roodee and the Chester Union Workhouse in Hoole in Victorian Chester. An accompanying booklet is also available on the Inside History website here.
The Forgotten History of Cheshire’s Witches
A recorded online talk by Dr David Harry, Department of History and Archaeology. This talk reveals the connection between the British and European witch hunts, as well as life in the villages of early modern Cheshire.