Chester is a genuine Roman city, built four-square, within walls, which remain to this day.
This place contains a population of 51,649, chiefly engaged in shipbuilding; large docks of 150 acres, made by Rendel, and opened in August, 1847; 4 chapels, court house, St. Aidan’s college, founded in 1849; gas and water works, Abattoir pier Market place, 430 feet long; St. Mary’s church which overlooks the river was part of a restored abbey, ruins of a priory founded in 1150 by Hamon de Massey, 2 churches, fine park and great square. In the vicinity are Seacembe, Egremont, Leasowe Castle, and New Brighton, with the Blackrock Lighthouse and Bidstone Light.
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The situation of this town from a distance is very imposing, lying as it does on the side of a rocky eminence, the top of which is crowned with the ruins of a castle founded in the reign of Edward I.
Llangollen lies in the hollow of the Dee, and being the first glimpse of peculiar mountain scenery, it is indebted to this as much as to its own character for the celebrity it enjoys.