Little Roodee fair, The Marlborough Arms and more images of Chester through time

It's hard to believe our city once looked like this

This week we are featuring some bygone sights of Chester that once would have been a familiar sight to any resident Cestrian.

Chester Bowling Green is pictured in the 1920s, as well as a beautiful image of a fair at Little Roodee in the 1950s.

The Marlborough Arms, pictured here in 1964, is known for being haunted, and it is folklore that the misspelling of the sign is no accident - legend has it that the man tasked with writing the sign in the 19th century was so spooked by his encounter with the ghost of the pub’s former landlord who had slit his own throat, he rushed to finish the sign and added the extra letters by mistake in a bid to get out.

Related : Chester in the 1960s

Elsewhere here is the former Chester Infirmary, a cycle ride in Helsby in the mid 1960s, and Walsh’s Fishmongers which was a popular business in Boughton at the turn of the 20th century.

Related : Forgotten shops and businesses of Chester

Meanwhile in 1938, the city would no doubt have been proud to welcome professional golfer Henry Cotton to play at Blacon Point Golf Club. If you know anything more about the three times Open championship winner’s visit to Chester, email

Do you have any memories of these pictures? Let us know in the comments below

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