Chester Photographic Survey

Welcome to our website: a record of a changing city

The origins of the Chester Photographic Survey date back to the early 1960s, when Chester Civic Trust, together with Chester Library, recognised the need to record the changing face of Chester.

Like many towns and cities in the 1960s, development, regeneration and change were seen as the only way forward for Chester. This resulted in many of the old buildings, streets and houses being knocked down to make way for the Inner Ring Road, several shopping precincts, housing estates and high rise buildings.

The aim of the Photographic Survey was to record every house in Chester, with priority given to buildings facing imminent demolition. As the much loved market, brewery, Militia buildings and Northgate Station were demolished, the Survey photographers were there to record them.

This, then, is a photographic collection with a difference – it records not just the grand public buildings of the city, but the streets of terraced houses, the corner shops and schools, together with the cinemas, pubs and cafés, that many Cestrians remember with such fondness.

The photographs taken since 2010 have been in digital format and these can now be accessed through this website. The earlier images in the Survey can currently only be accessed at The History Hub @ The Grosvenor Museum.

All photographs are Copyright of Chester Photographic Survey.

How to use this website

The images in this collection have been grouped into folders representing geographical areas of Chester and its surroundings. A map of each area is provided.


Within these areas, images are ordered into galleries. There is normally a gallery for each street or major feature, such as a park, within the area. Please note that opposite sides of a street are sometimes in different area folders.