Last weekend we’ve been to Chester for the Heritage Open Days. I like this annually event a lot, as I can see more things in one day and there are special guided tours and special days on locations that are not usually open to the public or advertised as tourist attractions.
Bishop Lloyd’s House on Chester rows. It was an open day and there also was a guided tour. We took advantage to learn more about these beautiful Tudor buildings. They were built on medieval undercrofts. In the 17th century two houses were converted into one and this is how the palace was born.
We went to Cheshire Military Museum too. It was bigger than expected and very interesting. There were lots interesting facts like the King’s Shilling. A man was enlisted if he accepted the pay for first day, so a shilling coin was put in ale, after drinking it they saw the money and as they accepted the pay they were enlisted.
After the Military Museum, we went to see the Roman Hypocaust. Now the place is a coffee shop called Spud-U-Like.
In the basement is the Hypocaust, discovered in 1725 is a form of central heating. The pillars in the next picture were used to support the floor and hot air was circulating and heating the building. The same furnace was used to heat the water for the baths.