Chester Society for Landscape History

Lyveden New Bield Gardens, Northamptonshire

The Chester Society for Landscape History was founded in 1986.

The objectives of the Society are to:

  • promote interest in, and the study of, Landscape History
  • encourage a deeper enjoyment of, and respect for, our landscape
  • hold lectures and to conduct field visits to these ends
  • to organise study groups and to record and where appropriate publish their findings

The Society has a thriving membership drawn from a wide area and includes those with a professional and an amateur involvement with the subject, students, and those simply wanting to know more about how their surroundings evolved.

Although based in Chester, the Society's interests stretch well beyond Cheshire. Counties such as Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Flintshire and Denbighshire have all been the subject of lectures.

The Society meets for monthly lectures, usually in the months of January, February, March, April, September, October and November.  We meet in the Lecture Theatre at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester normally on the last Monday of the month at 7:30p.m., except in January and November when meetings are held at St Columba‚Äôs Church Hall, Plas Newton, Chester on the last Saturday at 2.00 p.m.

Our lecture programme is very popular and attracts well known speakers in the field of landscape history. Non-members are most welcome. A charge of £4.00 per lecture is made for non-members.

The Society also organises field visits for its members each year. These are held during the spring and summer and usually take place on Saturdays or Sundays. Visits have included Llandudno, Mellor Mill & Peak Forest Canal, Thelwall, Peel near Ashton Hayes, and Delamere Forest.

In October 2016 the Society hosted the annual day conference of the national Society for Landscape Studies, and followed this up in April 2017 by leading a field weekend to sites of interest in Cheshire, from Thurstaston in the west to Mow Cop in the east.

Members receive a newsletter (The Bulletin of CSLH) twice a year containing articles written by members, news and events.

The Planning Group meets regularly, to reviews the services offered to the members, in line with the Society's objectives.  We welcome comments and feedback about all aspects of the Society's work. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to join or play a more active role in the Society.