The buildings Chester has loved and lost

How many of these old city landmarks do you remember?

Take a walk around Chester and you'll be met with a striking mix of the old and new.

Parts of the city have remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years, from the Cathedral to our unique Rows, mock Tudor buildings and the Roman walls.

But elsewhere, the pace of change has been greater and – for better or worse – we've seen modern developments alter the face of the city.

Only this week, work began to create a new city gateway in Frodsham Street, while you'll also see building work being carried out to complete a £37m cultural centre at the old Odeon cinema as well as an imposing structure rising at Gorse Stacks where a new bus interchange is being built.

Then of course there's the Northgate Development, a £300m project which promises to transform the face of the city centre if and when it finally begins.

At this time of great change, we've taken a look back at some of the landmark buildings which still hold fond memories for Cestrians – long after their demolition.

How many of these do you remember?

The Market Hall

Chester's Market Hall (left) and Town Hall in the 1890s

Where else could we start? The city's dearly-missed Victorian market hall, an imposing Baroque-style building next to the Town Hall, was demolished to make way for the bland Forum shopping centre in the late 1960s. Cestrians of a certain age still lament its loss to this day.

The Royalty Theatre

Revellers at the Royalty Theatre in the 60s(Image: Amberley publishing)

Opened on Boxing Day 1882, the Royalty famously played host to a gig by The Beatles in 1963 when fans of the Fab Four queued all the way down City Road. It later became the Alchemy nightclub, before the bulldozers arrived to knock it down in 2001.

A Premier Inn now stands in its place.

The Royal Infirmary

The A&E department at Chester Royal Infirmary

The hospital provided medical care to Cestrians for 230 years before its closure in 1993. The complex covered a large area just inside the city walls, with a mix of old and more modern buildings facing on to what is now St Martin's Way. Only the original Grade II listed infirmary building remains and is now luxury apartments.

The Tatler/Classic cinema

The Classic cinema in Foregate Street

The art deco Tatler (later renamed the Classic) on Foregate Street opened for business in 1936, with a large neon-lit globe taking pride of place in the foyer. It closed in 1970 and was demolished, along with the neighbouring Swan Hotel, to make way for what is now Primark.

Riverpark Ballroom

The Beatles played at the Riverpark Ballroom on the night of John Lennon's marriage to Cynthia, on August 23, 1962(Image: Ambereley publishing)

Another Chester haunt with a link to the Beatles, the Union Street venue played host to run of four consecutive concerts from the legendary band in 1962 – including the day of John Lennon's marriage to his first wife Cynthia. In a previous life, when it was known as 'The Ack', the ballroom was a dance hall frequented by American servicemen during World War Two. It was demolished in the 1960s and the nondescript Chester Business Centre now stands in its place, across the way from the turning into Love Street.

Northgate Brewery

Northgate Brewery around 1970

"The beer with some body in it!" was how Northgate ales, brewed at this characterful Northgate Street location inside the city walls, were advertised. Brewing ceased in 1969 and the Victorian building was knocked down two years later, to be replaced by the bland Centurion House. But you can still buy Northgate Ale... thanks to the Waverton-based Spitting Feathers brewery.

Sealand Road Stadium

Action from Chester City v Rotherham United, the final game ever to be played at the old Sealand Road stadium

Home to Chester FC for 84 years, 'The Stadium', as it was known, hosted famous cup clashes with Chelsea, Aston Villa and Leeds United before fans made one final pilgrimage there for a 2-0 win over Rotherham in 1990. A B&M store now stands on the site, which seems like sacrilege to some people but is also perhaps apt for a football club which snapped up so many bargain signings down the years.

Within sight of the football ground were two other now-demolished landmarks, the greyhound stadium (replaced by the Greyhound Retail Park) and also the imposing Manweb building (now BiG Storage).

The distinctive Manweb building

Chester Greyhound Stadium, shortly before the bulldozers moved in

Are there any buildings you would add to our list? We know there must be plenty more! Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @ChesterChron.

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