284 Route 39. CHESTER. Hotels.
From Wrexham to Ellesmere, 13 M., branch-railway in V2 hr. — Elles-
tnere (Bridgewater, R. 3s. 6d.; Red Lion) is a picturesque little town with an
interesting church (recently restored) and several small lakes or meres.
From Wrexham to Birkenhead and Liverpool, 32 M., railway in
lVs-l'A hr. (fares 4s. 8d., 3s., 2s. 4d.). This line affords a direct route between
North Wales and Liverpool. — 2 M. Gwersyllt. 3 M. Caergwrle, near which
are the ruins of Caergwrle Castle. At (8 M.) Hope we intersect the line from
Chester to Mold (p. 292). — 9 M. Buckley Junction; 11 M. Hawarden (Glynne
Arms), the nearest railway-station for Hawarden Castle (p. 291). 13 M.
Connah's Quay 6k Shollon is the junction of a line to Chester (Northgate Sta¬
tion; see below), which, like the Birkenhead line, is carried across the
Dee by means of a swing-bridge 527 ft. in length. — Our line now traverses
the peninsular portion of Cheshire known as the Wirral via Neston & Park-
gate (p. 294), Barnston, and Upton. — From (2772 M.) Bidston some trains
run to (30 M.) Seacombe, whence ferry-steamers cross the Mersey to Liver¬
pool. Others run via Birkenhead Docks and through the Mersey Tunnel (comp.
p. 3i7) to the (32 Ji.) Central Station at Liverpool.
Braach-lines (rail motor-cars) run from Wrexham to (6 31.) Coed Poelh
and to (4 M.) Ross.
33 M. Gre-sford, the birthplace of Samuel Warren (1807-77),
author of 'Ten Thousand a Year', with a fine church. The line
runs nearly parallel with the Alyn, a tributary of the Dee. To
the left, in the distance, rise the Clwydian Hills (p. 292). 40 M.
Snltney, with extensive works. The train now crosses the Dee by a
huge cast-iron bridge, and passes through a short tunnel.
42 M. Chester. — Railway Stations. General Station (PI. F, G, 1),
an extensive and handsome building, used in common by the L. N. W.
It. and the G. W. R., 1/2 M. from the centre of the town (to the N. E.). —
Northgate Station (PL D, 1), Victoria Road, for the 'Cheshire Lines'. —
Liverpool Road (beyond PL C, 1), a suburban station for the line to Wrex¬
ham, etc. — The hotel-omnibuses meet the trains.
Hotels. *Grosvenor (PL a; D, 3), Eastgate, a modern building in the
old timbered style, R. or D. 5s.; *Queen (PL b; F, 1), connected by a covered
way with the General Station, R. 4s. 6d.; Blossoms (PL c; E, 3), St. John
St., R. or D. 4s. — Hop Pole (PL i; E, 3), Eastgate St.; Bull & Stirrup
(PL g; C, 2), Upper Northgate St. — Westminster (PI. c; F, 1), R. from 3s.,
D. 4s. 6d., Washington (PL h; F, 1), R. 3s.-3s. 6d., D. 3s. 6d., two temper¬
ance hotels in City Road, near the General Station.
Restaurants. Bolland, 40 Eastgate St. (also confectioner), with a Cafi
below (entr. No. 3i); Baker, The Cecil, Bridge St.; at the General Station.
— Williamson's Caff, Brook St.; City Cafi, opposite the Town Hall.
Cabs. For 1-2 pers. Is. per mile ; 6d. for each 1/2 M. additional; 3-5
pers. Is. 6d. and 6d.; per hour 2s. 6d.; each addit. '/* hr. 6d. Fare and
a half between midnight and 6 a. m. No charge for ordinary luggage.
Electric Tramway from the General Station through the town to Gros¬
venor Bridge, Eaton Park (fares 3d. inside, 2d. outside), and Saltney.
Steamers (small), starting near the Suspension Bridge (PL E, 4), ply
up the Dee in summer to (3 M.) Eccleston Ferry (6d., return 9d.), Iron
Bridge, Eaton (Sd., return Is.), and Farndon. — Coach to Shrewsbury (p. 275)
daily in the season.
Boat3 on (he Dee 6d. to 3s. per hour, 4-20s. per day, according to
the size; charges doubled on Bank Holidays. —Swimming Baths, in tbe
Dee, near the Suspension Bridge. — Horse Races on the Roodee (p. 286)
iu May. — General Post Office (PL E, 3), St. John Street.
Chester, the capital of Cheshire and the seat of a bishop, with
(1901) 36,281 inhab., is pleasantly situated on the right bank of
the Dee, a few miles above its estuary, and is perhaps the most
quaint and mediaeval-looking town in England. Strangers arriving