This page lists publications which may be of interest to members of the Society. If you would like to post information here, contact Hugh Bray. Please note that the Society cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of third-party information and that it reserves the right to edit or reject notices as seems appropriate.

Chester in the Great War

By Susan Chambers. Pbk. 160 pages. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books 2015. ISBN 9781783463534. £12.99 plus £4.00 p&p.

This book tells the story of the city and its people throughout the long years of the First World War, from the carefree days of Spring 1914, to the solemn tones of the first Remembrance Day in November 1919. At the outbreak of war, Chester was transformed from a county market town with pleasant shops and day-trippers to a bustling, frantically busy military centre. As its men departed, the city settled down to the hard work of dealing with their absence in so many vital jobs a challenge eventually tackled by many of the city’s women.

Although it soon became clear that many men would never return, life in the city went on and everyone played their part; the cinemas and theatres stayed open, as did the pubs (though with reduced hours). Concerts kept the public entertained and raised vital funds, while news films kept people up-to-date with the latest from the Front.

As well as life on the Home Front, the book also looks at the men of the various sections of the Cheshire Regiment, including the 1st Battalion, who played a vital role in the Battle of Mons.

Illustrated with over eighty period photographs, this book will appeal to military and social historians alike.

Available from the publishers at or call 01226 734222.

On Chester On: A History of Chester College and the University of Chester

By Prof Emeritus Graeme J White. Pbk. xiv + 353 pages. Chester: University of Chester Press 2014. ISBN 9781908258199. £14.99.

Although there has only been a University of Chester since 2005, its predecessor, Chester College, dates back further than most UK universities, having been founded in 1839. This books celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2014. Its story is a remarkable one of survival and success. The early college was a pioneering venture and it still houses the first buildings in England specifically designed for the training of teachers. However, it came near to closure three times, only to emerge intact and stronger than before.

This fascinating book tells the little known story of one of Chester’s major institutions. For information on how to order see 

Landscape History, September 2011

Edited by S M Varey and G J White. Pbk. xvii + 272 pages. University of Chester Press 2012. ISBN 9781908256007.  £12.99

This collection of research papers offers new insights  into residential buildings, settlement patterns, the names and boundaries of fields and the legacy of developments in transport and industrialisation.

See the University of Chester website for more information.