No. 38 Hough Green | Number 38 Hough Street http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk Chester's finest holiday rental property Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:11:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.19 Easter in Chester at No.38 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/easter-in-chester-at-no-38/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/easter-in-chester-at-no-38/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:44:11 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=545 Eaton Hall Gardens Charity Open Days

Sunday 16 April 2017
Sunday 28 May 2017
Sunday 30 July 2017
Sunday 27 August 2017

Eaton Hall Gardens on the estate of the Duke of Westminster are open to the public four times a year to raise funds for local charities.

There are 88 acres of gardens, 400ft Camellia Walk, Squadron band and drill demonstrations, Carriage museum, Archery, The Original Panama Jazz Band, Falconry displays, Duck herding displays, Easter egg trail.

Stay at No. 38 where you will be only a 10 minute drive away. www.holidayletchester.co.uk

 

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Chester Races 2017 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/chester-races-2017/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/chester-races-2017/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:58:40 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=519 No. 38 Hough Green, Chester is the perfect place for a group of friends to stay when visiting the races.  The racecourse is a 10 minute walk away.  There is availability in July and August 2017

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HISTORY OF CHESTER RACES http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/history-of-chester-races/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/history-of-chester-races/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:40:17 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=517 HISTORY OF CHESTER RACES

The Chester Racecourse site was home to the famous and bloody Goteddsday football match. The game was very violent and, in 1533, banned by the city, to be replaced in 1539 by horse racing. The first recorded race was held on 9 February 1539 (although other sources list this as 10 January 1511)with the consent of the Mayor Henry Gee, whose name led to the use of the term “gee-gee” for horses.] Races originally took place on Goteddsday (Shrove Tuesday) until 1609, and thereafter on St George’s Day, both major festivals during the medieval period. Victors were awarded the “Chester Bells”, a set of decorative bells for decorating the horse’s bridle, and from 1744 the “Grosvenor Gold Cup”, a small tumbler made from solid gold (later silver). In 1745, the meeting became a four-day one, with one race on each day. In 1766 a May Festival was introduced, and in 1824, the Tradesmen’s Cup Race (the predecessor to the Chester Cup) was also introduced.

The racecourse was at that point still just an open field, with the first grandstand finished in 1817 and the first admittance fee not being taken until 1897. The stand was rebuilt in 1899–1900, and was replaced after being destroyed by a fire set by an arsonist in 1985.

Why not stay at No.38 Hough Green Chester and visit this wonderful historic race course – just a 10 minute walk away.  www.holidayletchester.co.uk

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HISTORY OF CHESTER RACECOURSE http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/history-of-chester-racecourse/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/history-of-chester-racecourse/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:36:55 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=515 HISTORY OF CHESTER RACECOURSE

The 65-acre (260,000 m2) racecourse lies on the banks of the River Dee. The site was once a harbour during the Roman settlement of the city during the Dark Ages, but was closed as the river silted up thus making navigation impossible. Towards the centre of the in field is a raised mound which is decorated by a small cross known as a “rood”. It is from this that the race course derives the name “Roodee”; Roodee is a corruption of “Rood Eye”, meaning “The Island of the Cross”.

According to legend the cross marks the burial site of a statue of the Virgin Mary sentenced to hang after causing the death of Lady Trawst, the wife of the Governor of Hawarden. The legend states that she had gone to church to pray for rain but when her prayers were answered by a tremendous thunderstorm the statue was loosened and fell, killing her. As a holy object, hanging or burning the statue would be sacrilege so the statue was left by the banks of the river and the tide carried it down to Chester. The statue was found guilty by a jury of 12 men. If the legend is true, then this is the first recorded case of a jury being used in a court

In an alternate version of the legend, the statue was instead carried to St John’s Church. An ancient statue of the Virgin was recorded at the time of the reformation but may not be the same one. The statue was thrown down as a relic of popery, used as a whipping post for scholars and burned.

The site was formerly the home of the original Chester Midsummer Watch Parade, temporarily banned by Oliver Cromwell but finally abolished in 1677

The east of the race course abuts directly onto Chester’s ancient city walls which were once used to moor Roman trading vessels, before the course of the river changed. Spectators can watch races for free from the walls which offer a clear view of the whole circuit. The Grosvenor Bridge, at one time the longest single arch bridge in the world, passes over the south-eastern corner. The north of the course is bordered by a long railway bridge carrying the North Wales Coast Line over the River Dee. The course is overlooked from the opposite bank of the river by the mansions of Curzon Park, which can be seen dominating the skyline from any of the three grandstands.

Why not spend a couple of day at No.38 Hough Green, Chester and walk around the corner to view this wonderful racecourse – the oldest in the UK.

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The Sport of Kings – POLO http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-sport-of-kings-polo/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-sport-of-kings-polo/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:24:18 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=513 Located within the picturesque grounds of the oldest racecourse in England, Chester Polo Club is already looking ahead to the 2017 season. There are two standout polo tournaments planned, the first being the LDF International, on Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June. The event sees the launch of the 2017 polo season at Chester and guests are invited to watch four teams battle it out on the Roodee for a £10,000 prize pot. The second event of the season takes place on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September with the converted Roodee Challenge Cup. Later on in the year, this event is the perfect way to toast the end of the summer.

Why not visit  the event with a group of friends.  The perfect place to stay www.holidayletchester.co.uk

 

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English Customs and Language http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/english-customs-and-language/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/english-customs-and-language/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:17:50 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=511 They will find that there are some British customs that foreigners find unusual, and these will not change when Britain exits the EU.

Many towns and cities are not pronounced as they are written. Edinburgh is pronounced “Edinborough” and Leicester is pronounced “Les-ster”. Why is this? Explanations tend to vary.

The British, unlike most of the rest of the world, drive on the left. Nobody is quite sure why Britain’s vehicles are driven on the left, though some have theories that put it down to the French Revolution.

Brits are also known for talking about the weather. If the temperature rises above 30°C, this is deemed front-page news. It is rarely mentioned in other European newspapers. There is a myth that it always rains in cities like Manchester. This is not true, but it does rain a lot in England so visitors are advised to pack a rain coat.

Britain eats some food that many visitors find strange. Haggis is a sort of fat sausage made with meat, oatmeal and barley, and chiefly found in Scotland. Black pudding is a favourite in the North of England and contains pig’s blood.

Many visitors find it strange that the British frequently say they are sorry. If you accidentally bump into a British person they will often apologise, even when it is not their fault.

Britain is a great place to visit and staying at the Victorian residence of No.38 Hough Green Chester, helps makes its very distinctive customs real.

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The Romans http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-romans/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-romans/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:11:19 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=509 Before the Romans, England was a nation of various tribes with no sense of national identity. The Roman’s ruled Britain for 400 years from AD 43 and bought a sense of unity and order. After the Romans left, the population saw themselves as English. The Scots and Irish were never conquered by Rome and this gave them a sense of being very different from the English that is still evident today.

The Romans built many roads, known as Roman ways. Many modern roads still follow the routes of these Roman ways.

Although the English language is based on Anglo-Saxon, many words can be traced to the Latin spoken by the Romans. Common words with Latin roots include ‘diploma’, ‘forum’ and ‘stadium’.

The Romans introduced the British to a system of numbers too. Roman numerals are still used on some clocks, such as the Eastgate Clock in Chester, and you may also see written in Roman numerals.

Before the Romans, few Britons could read or write, so information was passed on through speaking. The Romans wrote down accounts of important events in Latin, and in the Roman towns the British residents began to write.

The Romans built towns and cities. Towns whose names include the letters ‘ester’, ‘cester’ or ‘Chester’ were probably founded by the Romans. These include Gloucester, Doncaster, Manchester and, of course, Chester!

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The Meadows Chester http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-meadows-chester/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-meadows-chester/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:41:56 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=490 The Meadows

The Meadows ownership can be traced back more than 1000 years. In the tenth century they belonged to the crown, but from 1071 were administered by the Earls of Chester. The first Earl, Hugh Lupus, was given the land by his uncle William I. Hugh is believed to have been responsible for the construction of the weir to provide a constant source of power for the water mills near the Dee Bridge. Although the weir reduced the tidal flooding, it caused problems further upstream, hindered navigation and resulted in much unrest amongst those affected.

Georgian and Victorian engravings show cattle grazing on the Meadows and that they were also a popular venue for sporting activities with the Chester Regatta based both on the Meadows and on the opposite bank.

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St. John the Baptist – Chester’s Oldest Church http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/st-john-the-baptist-chesters-oldest-church/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/st-john-the-baptist-chesters-oldest-church/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:40:14 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=488 St John the Baptist – Chester’s Original Cathedral – Chester’s Oldest Church

 

Founded as the great Saxon Minster of Mercia in 689AD by Æthelred King of Mercia, probably on the site of a Roman Christian Church or Shrine, it was enhanced in 907 by the daughter of Alfred the Great. In 973 it was to St John’s that Ædgar the Peaceful came after his Coronation at Bath, to receive the homage of his sub-kings, who legend has it, rowed him on the Dee to the Church. Fine examples of Viking/Saxon Crosses are displayed in the Church.

In 1075 St John’s became the Cathedral of West Mercia and it continued to be an Episcopal Church for many years afterwards, although Bishops tended to reside in Coventry and then Lichfield. In the thirteenth century it also became the Collegiate Church of Chester until the Reformation when its College of Vicars was dissolved.

The first sitting of the Court of Chivalry in the fourteenth century which decided the Scrope/Grosvenor Armorial Bearings was held at St John’s.

The Organ was that used in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838 and was moved to St John’s shortly afterwards.

The architecture is priceless and St John’s, a Grade I Listed Building, is one of the finest examples in Europe of the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic…from its massive Norman pillars to the Transitional and Early English Gothic in the Triforium and Clerestory.

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THE CHESHIRE CAT http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-cheshire-cat/ http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/the-cheshire-cat/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:47:19 +0000 http://www.holidayletchester.co.uk/?p=482 The Cheshire Cat became most famous with the fiction work by Lewis Carroll, published in 1864. Lewis Carroll is the pen name of Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a Cheshire man, who wrote, “Alice in Wonderland,” after telling an improvisational tale to a real little girl named Alice.

‘Please would you tell me,’ said Alice, a little timidly, for she was not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, ‘Why your cat grins like that?’

‘It’s a Cheshire cat,’ said the Duchess, ‘and that’s why. Pig!’

She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby, and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:

‘I didn’t know that Cheshire Cats always grinned; in fact, I didn’t know that cats COULD grin.’

‘They all can,’ said the Duchess; ‘and most of ’em do.’

Mr. Newcome says to Mr. Pendennis in his droll, humorous way, “That woman grins like a Cheshire Cat.”

There is a smiling cat carved into the sandstone in a woodland area of Wirral.  It is thought to have been done in medieval times, and was used by witches.

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