The Story of a Street


The Story of a Street” is a fully illustrated talk about the history of Bridge Street in Chester over 2,000years. It is told using unique material including personal research, original black & white and colour photograph’s, paintings from the Grosvenor Museum Art Collection, papers from the City & County Archives, and maps, engravings and sketches published in the city. David has also had access to buildings not normally open to the public. The story he tells reveals many surprises about the trades and commercial interests of the city due to the successful activities of merchants trading at the Port of Chester in the 17th & 18th centuries.

David Cummings, local historian and conservationist

David is from South Wales, and has taught & lived in Chester since 1964. After a successful 25 year career as a Headteacher at Christleton Primary School, he has become a guest speaker on a wide range of topics, throughout the North West and Wales. He is an author of a number of books on local history, including, Christleton a Cheshire Village, Christleton 2000 years of History, Christleton Great War Stories and St James’ Church Christleton.

He is a keen traveller, historian & wildlife photographer, and has instigated and worked on conservation projects at Christleton Pit & Hockenhull Platts since the 1970s. He has studied mute swans for over 45 years and has looked after a family of swans for over 30 years.

David writes & illustrates monthly articles on Local History & Wildlife for the website, guides heritage walks, and manages the Cheshire Wildlife Trust Reserve at Hockenhull Platts.  He is currently Chairman of Christleton Local History Group and Secretary of the Christleton Pit Conservation Project.