Preservation and Progress

Preservation and Progress – The Story of Chester Since 1960

A new book by Peter de Figueiredo and Cyril Morris
Edited by Stephen Langtree

Is Chester an ‘historic city’ or a ‘modern city’; a finely balanced and well managed combination of the two, or an uncomfortable and paranoid victim of a split personality? It’s a dilemma highlighted, if not created, by our Victorian forebears, and played out in good measure since the end of the Second World War.

When Chester Civic Trust was founded in 1960 its initial enthusiasm for high quality contemporary design was soon tempered by the urgent need to save an endangered historic townscape. Demolition on an unprecedented scale could not be stopped, but was it always necessary, and what would follow in its wake?

This ‘story of Chester since 1960’ is an unapologetic celebration of the Civic Trust’s Golden Jubilee in 2010 but, more importantly, it explains what happened, why it happened and which lessons this much-loved city has still to learn …

Book Purchase.
There are three possibilities:
1. From Chester Bookshops at a recommended retail price of £16.50
2. Direct from our Head Office
at a reduced price of £10.00 at Chester Civic Trust, Bishop Lloyd’s Palace 51/53, Watergate Row, Chester CH1 2LE
Tel: 01244 318415
The Office is open 12 noon to 2pm Monday to Thursday.  Also from 1pm to 3pm on first Saturday of the month.

To see a map of where we are click on: Map of Chester City Centre
3. Buy a single copy of the book directly from this website by pressing on the “Buy Now” button immediately below.