Photographer's Note

Chester is not popular here on TE, only three pages of mainly old photos. And it is very interesting town. Chester has a number of medieval buildings, but some of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are actually Victorian restorations. Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. Apart from a 100-metre (330 ft) section, the listed Grade I walls are almost complete.
When I was there, the day was a bit rainy and cloudy. In spite of this I made a nice walk on the wall round the whole town.
Chester is a main city in Cheshire. And Cheshire is famous because of cheese. Cheshire cheese is Britain's oldest cheese. There is no earlier specific mention of the cheese of the county, but the importance of Cheshire as one of the main dairy regions of England is already emphasised by William of Malmesbury in the Chester section of his Gesta pontificum Anglorum ("History of the bishops of England": c. 1125).
Cheshire was the most popular cheese on the market in the late 18th century. In 1758 the Royal Navy ordered that ships be stocked with Cheshire and Gloucester cheeses. Strange, but I saw only one cheese shop there.
There is also special grinning cat - Cheshire cat, that disappears and then only the smile remains. A possible origin of the phrase "Grinning like a Cheshire Cat" is one favoured by the people of Cheshire, which boasts numerous dairy farms; hence the cats grin because of the abundance of milk and cream.
I haven't seen not even one cat, grinning or not.

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