Found in the four main streets of Chester town, The Rows are unique with nothing precisely similar said to exist anywhere else in the world.
They comprise of covered shopping walkways above street level on the first floor of buildings and conversely many more on the street below built largely underground in what are referred to as “crypts” or “under-crofts”. Dating from the medieval era, it is thought these buildings may have originally been constructed on top of Roman ruins, though their origin is still subject to some speculation.
It is worth noting that while much of the architecture of central Chester looks medieval- and some of it is- the largest part is actually Victorian era, including it’s many trademark black and white buildings which were a result of what was termed the “black and white revival”. Undeniable is that walking through the streets of Chester one is met a strangely genuine feeling of being part of another era.