We have been asking staff, students and alumni to share with us objects and places that make the University of Chester special to them. This week, alumna Victoria Ade-Genschow (2016) chose the Chester City Walls. Here’s why…
“I very much enjoyed my time at the University of Chester. The location is top notch – there is countryside all around, and Chester is a part of the beautiful county of Cheshire. And yet, it has all the modern amenities of a contemporary modern town, while still retaining all the charm of a traditional and most historical ye ‘olde England!
“One of the most significant aspects of the university is the fact that Chester happens to be in a very old Roman city, over-flowing with history, heritage, glory and rich archaeological and architectural treasures.
“When I look back on my time as a postgraduate student, one of the symbolic objects that come to mind is that of the Chester City Walls!
“Not only is Chester an old Roman fort, but it also retains an almost full circuit of its ancient defensive Walls. As a result, the Chester City Walls are the oldest, longest and most complete Walls in the UK, making Chester one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain – a piece of history that goes back as far as 2,000 years!
“At the University, my Department was located on the Riverside Campus, surrounded by gates, towers, bridges, swans, the Chester racecourse, and of course the River Dee. I spent many an afternoon just staring out, and looking longingly at the river!
“In fact, part of the Chester City Walls was just outside my Faculty window!”