Chester Society for Landscape History

Upper storeys of Chester’s iconic Rows (Photograph: Vanessa Greatorex)

Field trip to Aldersey Green (Photograph: Carol Sparkes)

Forthcoming Events

Date tbc
Field trip to Helsby Quarry. More information will be added when the arrangements have been finalised.


Saturday 28 September 2024, 2pm
Lecture: Motte and Bailey Castles.
Speaker: Chris Matthews, Landscape Archaeologist,
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.
Admission: Members Free, Visitors £4, Student Visitors £2.
Venue: St Columba’s Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 1SA (free car park; for directions see https://sscolumbaandtheresa.co.uk/about/st-columbas-church/directions-and-location/).


Saturday 19 October 2024
Cheshire History Day: The Future of Cheshire’s Past (organised by Cheshire Local History Association).
Speakers include Professor Graeme White and Dr Sharon Varey of CSLH, whose subject is Cheshire History: Past, Present, Future.
Venue: The Grange Theatre, Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Cheshire CW8 1LU.
For more information, see https://sites.google.com/site/cheshirelha/cheshire-history-day


Saturday 26 October 2024, 2pm
Lecture: Topic tbc.
Speaker: Dr Alan Crosby, British Association for Local History, Editor of The Local Historian).
Venue: St Columba’s Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 1SA (free car park; for directions see https://sscolumbaandtheresa.co.uk/about/st-columbas-church/directions-and-location/).


Saturday 30 November 2024, 2pm
Lecture: Common Ground: The History of Common Land
Speaker: Professor Angus Winchester, Lancaster University).
Venue: St Columba’s Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 1SA (free car park; for directions see https://sscolumbaandtheresa.co.uk/about/st-columbas-church/directions-and-location/).

What is Landscape History?

Landscape History is the study of how people have altered the landscape through time.

It seeks to explain the historical significance of the buildings, earthworks, flora and other physical features which are our common heritage. It embraces aspects of history, archaeology, architecture, geography, geology, botany and other disciplines.

“The English landscape itself, to those who know how to read it aright, is the richest historical record we possess.” – W.G. Hoskins, The Making of the English Landscape (1955).

Picks of the Week

Here are some links to online landscape history resources recently recommended by our Information Officer:

Until 1 September 2024: More Than A Shop: Brown’s of Chester. Venue: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD.
Exhibition about Chester’s long-running department store, which was founded in 1780 by Sarah Brown and based in Eastgate Street from 1791 until 2021.

Britain’s hidden woodlands
Slide show with text below.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/tripideas/britain-s-beautiful-hidden-woodlands-are-packed-with-secrets/ss-AA1hHak8?item=module_ad_enabled%253afalse#image=6

Roman Chester: Deva Victrix
Short film by the University of Chester’s Department of History and Archaeology.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCtTwvIwMIw&t=56s

Click on the blue text for links to previously recommended online resources