This is the city of Chester, which was originally the Roman City of Deva (as Northsider rightly pointed out.) I believe this is Newgate, which is relatively new, but built adjacent to the existing wall built in 1100. See the pile of stone in the right of this picture? This is part of the original Roman walls, built in 79 AD or thereabouts.
On the other side of the street is a Roman Ampitheater. There were school children having a tour while Cara and I were there. They each had a shield and sword.
That building up high in the background. That is St John the Baptist Church built in 689, by orders of Aethelred (and his queen Aethelflaed too, from some readings). You can understand my excitement to hear those names again at home. Tim was quite caught up in Netflix 'The Last Kingdom'
The old part of the church is in ruins. See that dark shape to the right of the entrance?
Here's a closer look. It is a coffin found in the ground as the original building was being constructed. It was built right into the wall. Dust to Dust, indeed.
This is a shot of the interior of the church. The wall painting of St John the Baptist would be to the left hand side. It was dark and my picture was not great. After 1300 years, it is badly faded. I bought a book that has a better picture of it than I could have ever taken.
This is a picture of the wall that surrounds most of the city. The Roman foundation is still visible here, It has been built, and rebuilt through the years, but traces of the city's Roman roots still can be found.
You can still walk in the footsteps of the old guards who were posted here to protect this old city. This is the view from the top of Eastgate which was the original entrance to Deva.
The clock visible at the top of the steps?
That is the second most photographed clock in the UK. The Eastgate clock was built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
A Roman Temple to Minerva. You can still clearly make out the owl to the right of the side of the stone work.
We need more of these signs.
That's it for today. We are still hard at work. For your pleasure, I leave you with a conversation from a renovation:
Husband muttering to himself.
Wife: 'What is the problem?'
Husband snaps: 'Let me figure it out!' (Muttering gets more frustrated.)
Wife listening: 'I guess I don't see what the problem is, because we just do (x) and (y), don't you think?'
Husband does not reply.
5 minutes later, he grins and says, "You know what we're going to do?" and repeats what wife suggested five minutes ago.
Tim is very smart, but he has always said that he likes that I can come up with workable solutions in very short order. I think that it is because he thinks like a builder. I am a rank amateur, and so I think outside the box and manage to come up with solutions that do not occur to his builder mind. I remind him of this. "So why do you have to bite my head off when I'm trying to figure out what the problem is? Why can't we just discuss it without snapping?"
Husband smiles as he listens and gets back to work.
I guess love means you never have to say you're sorry.
He can be a bit of an asshole sometimes.
Disclaimer: So can I.