Two thousand years of urban life on display in Debenhams, Chester

Slipware pot on display in Debenhams, Chester

Archaeological excavations in 2001 and 2002, in advance of an extension to Debenhams store, uncovered a wealth of evidence for 2,000 years of Chester’s history. The site was behind the shops on Bridge Street Row and Eastgate Row, in the heart of the medieval city and the Roman legionary fortress. A wide range of artefacts were found, including rare types of Roman roof tile, Spanish mackerel bones, glass goblets and an elephant bone!

A small selection of the artefacts is now on display in the new third floor restaurant.

Details of the published report,  Excavations at Chester, 25 Bridge Street 2001 can be found on our current publications webpage. The work on the excavation and study of the artefacts, combined with documentary references, has enabled us to build up a detailed picture of Chester’s urban history and the trades, lifestyle and status of the people who lived in the area.

The excavations were carried out by Gifford and Partners in association with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Historic Environment Service. The work was generously funded by Debenhams plc.