Chester in the 1960s

The early 1960s and late 1950s saw large areas of farmland on the outskirts of Chester being developed into residential areas

and as a result of this larger population a bypass was built in 1964 through and around the city centre to combat traffic congestion. It was due to this increase in the city that in 1969 the City Conservation Area was designated, the main emphasis of this area was to save historic buildings instead of building new. Examples of buildings being saved through the City Conservation Area are The Falcon Inn, Dutch Houses and Kings Buildings.

It was in 1961 that traffic wardens were introduced to the Chester/Cheshire area.

It was in the 1960’s that saw a quarter of Citizens Advice Bureaux enquiries relating to housing following the introduction of the Rent Act in the late 1950’s. The number of bureaux was reduced from 1,074 to 416 and the national total for enquiries reached 1.25 million.

1967 was the year that the Road Safety Act introduced the breathalyser.

It was 2nd March 1968 that famous actor Daniel Craig, from Liverpool Road, Chester was born.

The 1960’s contained momentous world events such as the 1969 Apollo 11 mission which put men on the moon for the first time with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin being the first 2 men on the moon.

This decade also saw a number of assassinations of influential leaders including President John.F.Kennedy in 1963 and his brother Robert in 1968 along with Martin Luther King Jr. who was also killed in 1968.

This decade also saw the escalation of the Vietnam War with the US sending troops to the conflict this war would last into the next decade.

Another feature of the Cold War was the building of the Berlin wall by East Germany to stem the flow of people from East to West.  There was also the Cuban missile crisis which could have easily turned the Cold War into a real war with the threat of nuclear war being a very real possibility.