Historic Chester Farm

​Discover the fascinating history of Chester Farm through the ages


Mesolithic

The last Ice Age left this area of the county with a wide flood plain (1-1.5km) and a long gently sloping valley that ran right down on to it. The width of the flood plain allowed the river to spread in a series of inter-linked channels across its surface. This produced a series of shallow river courses that could easily be forded.

In this period people lived as what we now call ‘hunter gatherers’, following the food supply across the countryside. The area around Chester Farm, adjacent to this wide flood plain criss-crossed by shallow water courses, would have been attractive to both birds and fish.

As a result it would have been attractive for hunters.  Numerous small flints dating from this period have been recovered on site, proving the presence of these hunters camped beside the river and along the valley.


Iron Age

Farms with associated field systems evidenced in the landscape and archaeology.



Roman

Walled Roman town from the late 2nd century including roads, temples and gardens.



Medieval

Chester-by-the-Water, a medieval village including evidence of its main street.



Tudor

Two-storey farmhouse, barns, workers' cottages and three courtyards.



Georgian

18th century designed landscape including formal gardens, orchard and park.



Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 2 days ago

Tim Allen on Twitter

Yes there is lots of amazing buried archaeology on our site, not least the whole of a Roman walled small town. https://t.co/5fqc0KXbmb

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 2 months ago

Nene Valley on Twitter

Many thanks and we are glad you enjoyed it. A bit of dry weather is what we need so wellies aren’t so essential! https://t.co/xjkvlBq434

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 3 months ago

Managing the farm

Thanks Jayne! It was lovely to talk to Mr Dickinson, the former estate manager, last year. Read more plus a lovely pic of Jayne as a child. https://t....

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 3 months ago

R Neil Marshman on Twitter

It certainly is. The special & unusual thing about the site is that it offers evidence from nearly all periods across the last 10,000 years or thereab...

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 4 months ago

R Neil Marshman on Twitter

Many apologies. The ‘cursus publicus’ is essentially a set route along which #Roman imperial messengers and messages were sent. Our small walled town ...

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 4 months ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

That is, the cursus publicus. So we curse auto correct! https://t.co/lg02C343Lo

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