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South West Prosect Of The City Of Chester, Buck, 1728

This view engraved by Nathaniel Buck in 1728 provides a good illustration of Defoe’s description of Chester:

"The best ornament of the city, is, that the streets are very broad and fair, and run through the whole city in strait lines, crossing in the middle of the city, as at Chichester: The walls as I have said, are in very good repair, and it is a very pleasant walk round the city, upon the walls, and within the battlements, from whence you may see the country round; and particularly on the side of the Rood Eye, which I mentioned before, which is a fine large low green, on the bank of the Dee."

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