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A brief history of Chester and Lancaster

Scroll through the timeline to discover some fascinating local facts...

1485
1506
1536
1540
1555
1564
1603
1612
1617
1642-1643
1644-1646
1652
1660
1665
1687
1689
1714 
1732 
1745 
1775 
1779 
1797 
1801 
1803
1820
1832
1837

Wars of the Roses end  

Henry VII grants Chester its great charter  

Pilgrimage of Grace rebels arrive in Lancaster 

Henry VIII dissolves Chester‘s friaries, turning St Werburgh’s Abbey into new cathedral
(www.chestercathedral.com)

Lancaster Priory dissolved, reopening as parish church
(www.lancasterpriory.org)  

George Marsh under house arrest for heresy in Chester

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Birth of William Shakespeare 

Death of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch 

Pendle witches tried at Lancaster Castle (www.visitlancashire.com)

James I
visits Chester on northern progress

visits Lancaster Castle on northern progress

Royalists capture Lancaster but not its castle
(www.lancastercastle.com)

Parliamentary siege of Chester (www.visitcheshire.com)

Quaker George Fox preaches in Lancaster (www.pendleheritage.co.uk)   

Charles II visits Lancaster Castle, freeing its prisoners (www.lancashire.gov.uk)  

Great Plague
(www.sicktodeath.org

James II talks religious
toleration when visiting Chester (www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk)  

William III brings troops to Chester for Irish campaign  

 Death of Anne I, the last Stuart monarch

 Lancaster’s port breaks free of Chester’s control (www.visitlancaster.org.uk)  

Precautionary walling up of Chester’s Watergate and Northgate against Jacobites 

Bonnie Prince Charlie arrives in Lancaster with 5000 Jacobites (www.visitlancaster.org.uk

 

John Poole publishes Chester Chronicle  

Chester-Nantwich Canal opens (www.gps-routes.co.uk)   

John Rennie’s Wyre Viaduct opens for Lancaster’s canal (www.lancaster.gov.uk)  

William Minshull 
publishes Lancaster Gazette  

Start of Napoleonic Wars  

Duke of Wellington visits Park House, Chester 

Princess Victoria opens the Grosvenor Bridge in Chester  
 

 Grasshopper Tea Warehouse opens in Lancaster 
(www.thecoffeehopper.com)     

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