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Chester           A combination of Roman and Medieval relics, as well as many fine timber framed buildings, makes Chester (Roman city of Deva, one of England's most interesting cities.  Roman occupation in the later 1st Century made Chester an important military point.  During most of the Roman occupation it was the headquarters of one of the three Roman legions in Britain.  The present city wall follows the line of the Roman wall and in places incorporates pieces of it.  The most important Roman area is the amphitheatre.  It is the largest amphitheatre so far discovered in Britain.  Built of stone it covers an area of 314ft by 286ft with an arena of 190ft by 162ft.  The rows, a unique feature of the city can be found in Watergate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge street.  You can inspect modern shops in the appropriate stretches of the streets, take the first flight of stairs you find between shops and find yourself walking on the roofs of the shops besides another row of shops set further back, an interesting form of pedestrian precinct.
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Erddig Hall     The most evocative upstairs - downstairs house in Britain.  The authentic kitchen, laundry, bakehouse, coach house, stables, sawmill, smithy and joiners shop, show how 18th and 19th Century servants lived and worked, while upstairs the state rooms display the exquisite furniture and textiles made for the house in the 1720s.  The formal early 18th century garden has been fully restored and contains the national ivy collection.
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