The rich history of Chester’s Rows has been brought to life with an information panel telling some of the fascinating stories to have unfolded there over the centuries.
The lavishly illustrated ‘Tales from the Rows’ panel has been installed on Eastgate Row North at the corner with Northgate Street, overlooking The Cross.
Passers-by can learn about the symbolism of the Rows’ architecture, notable events in its history and get a glimpse into the daily lives of those who lived and worked there.
Among the tales depicted is a scandal in 1309 when irresponsible cooks were fined for scorching the street surface outside the Buttershops, prompting local residents to brand them “a flaming nuisance!”.
Other tales include ‘Rampaging Roundheads’ smashing the High Cross in 1646 and high-spirited crowds packing the Rows for the annual Corpus Christi play around 1500.
Funded by Chester Renaissance, the panel was developed with Cheshire West and Chester’s Historic Environment team in consultation with local businesses, property owners and asset management team of consultant Jones Lang LaSalle with advice from Imagemakers who specialise in heritage interpretation.
It was installed by IS Group following expert investigations to ensure it would cause no damage to the ancient fabric of the Rows.
Local Councillor Samantha Dixon, a member of the Renaissance Strategic Board, said: “This beautifully illustrated panel is a wonderful way for visitors and local residents alike to delve into the rich and fascinating history of the Rows.
“Its location overlooking The Cross is an ideal spot for people to pause and enjoy the view, and I am sure it will prove a real point of interest for residents and visitors alike.”
The project to install the information panel is part of Chester Renaissance’s ongoing commitment to improve the interpretation of the Rows as part of the One City Plan.
A key brand value of the One City Plan is ‘Heritage Alive: bringing history to life and develop assets that will stand the test of time’.