Chester Eastgate clockThis ‘Books on Chester’ page brings together a collection of books and information about the historical city of Chester, Cheshire, England (UK).

There are a growing number of books about Chester now available, but it’s not always easy finding them as searching can throw up all sorts of results with authors called Chester too… so I thought it’d be easy and helpful to put this little resource together and collate the various links to Books on Chester.

I’ve added in some other helpful links too, all to do with Chester.


Books on Chester

Click on any of the links or images to be taken through to Amazon where you can buy the books yourself!

Chester (The Pitkin City Guides) – Click HERE to buy it

Chester Pocket Guides – Click HERE to buy it

Chester, pocket guides

Bygone Chester: A History in Pictures – Click HERE to buy it

A history in pictures of bygone Chester

Chester: City Beautiful – Click HERE to buy it

The beautiful city of Chester

Chester: A History – Click HERE to buy it

A History of Chester

Chester: More than a Guide – Click HERE to buy it

More Than a Guide to Chester

The Illustrated History of Chester – Click HERE to buy it

The Illustrated History of Chester

Chester Through Time – Click HERE to buy it

Chester Through Time

Chester City Guide – Click HERE to buy it (no image available)

Map Books of Chester

Pop-out maps of Chester – Click HERE to buy it

Pop out map of Chester

Pocket Map of Chester: AA Street Guide – Click HERE to buy it

Pocket Map Chester AA Street by Street

Chester Map (AA Street by Street) Midi versions – Click HERE to buy it

Chester Midi (AA Street by Street)

Chester Street Atlas A-Z – Click HERE to buy it

Chester Street Atlas A-Z

Other Chester products

Photographic print of Chester’s Eastgate Clock – Click HERE to buy it

Photographic Print of Eastgate clock in Chester

Background of Chester

Chester, as described on Wikipedia (source:

Chester is a city in Cheshire, England. Lying on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales, it is home to 77,040 inhabitants, and is the largest and most populous settlement of the wider unitary authority area of Cheshire West and Chester, which had a population of 328,100 according to the 2001 Census. Chester was granted city status in 1541.

Chester was founded as a “castrum” or Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the year 79 by the Roman Legio II Adiutrix during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Chester’s four main roads, Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridge, follow routes laid out at this time – almost 2,000 years ago. One of the three main Roman army bases, Deva later became a major settlement in the Roman province of Britannia. After the Romans left in the 5th century, the Saxons fortified the town against the Danes and gave Chester its name. The patron saint of Chester, Werburgh, is buried in Chester Cathedral.

Chester was one of the last towns in England to fall to the Normans in the Norman conquest of England. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. In 1071 he created Hugh d’Avranches, the 1st Earl of Chester.

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 the British Isles. Apart from a 100-metre (330 ft) section, the listed Grade I walls are almost complete.

The Industrial Revolution brought railways, canals, and new roads to the city, which saw substantial expansion and development – Chester Town Hall and the Grosvenor Museum are examples of Victorian architecture from this period.

Chester web sites