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It was founded as a Roman fort in 79 A.D. under the name of Deva Victrix.
People Born in Chester
Chester in People's Lives
William the Conqueror: After my successful Norman Conquest, this was one of the last cities to still refuse to acknowledge my reign as the new King of England. I came here with an army behind me, but no battle commenced. I ordered Chester Castle built here in 1070, which fortified the area as mine, and acted as a stronghold against the nearby Welsh border.