Frodsham Street reminiscences

21 July 2016 

Artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi has been commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council to include art into the new public realm scheme in Chester’s Frodsham St.  To help her research and concept development, she has arranged a number of fun activities. 

The first event is a pub quiz with a difference. ‘How well do you know Chester?’ on Wednesday 26 July starting in the Temple Bar on 32 Frodsham St. at 6.30pm and finishing at the Oddfellows Arms Inn on 64 Frodsham Street. Come and test your current and historic knowledge and see how well you know the city of Chester. The quiz has been put together in partnership with Steven Langtree from the Civic Trust, and other contributors. A £1 contribution per person will provide the prize for the winning group. You will also have the opportunity to meet Katayoun and see the plans for the new public realm scheme.

There’s a Frodsham Street Walk and Talk on Thursday 28 July starting from The Oddfellows Arms Inn at 5.30pm. Whether recent or from decades ago, come and share your memories and knowledge of Frodsham Street and the area by joining the  short walk and informal chat along the street, including The Kaleyard, City Wall and Cow Lane Bridge. If you have any memories of Frodsham Street; the Cattle Market, the droving of the cows through the street, Kaleyard Infant School, Mercia Square and buildings that are no longer there, come along and bring images or artefacts to share.

Would you like to know more about the archaeological excavations that have taken place in Frodsham Street and the Kaleyard and what they reveal about the area? Come and meet Gary Crawford-Coupe on Friday 29 July at 7.30pm. Gary was part of the team of archaeologists commissioned by the Council to investigate various sites just beyond the City Walls. He has a wealth of knowledge, which he is keen to share in an informal tour of Frodsham Street and the Kaleyard. He will bring with him a selection of artefacts.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said: “I hope as many people as possible will join Katayoun in her fun events with a serious purpose to gather information for the new public art.

“Some of Katayoun’s recent work can be seen in Northwich through her award winning work in Witton Street and the art work in Memorial Court.”

To take part in any of the events contact Katayoun: katayounpd@gmail.com or ring 07944 731081

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