Shortlist revealed of names for Northgate square and arcade

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The shortlist has been revealed for the names the public can vote on for the new public square and arcade in the forthcoming Northgate development. Over 800 submissions were received earlier in the year , sadly the Russ Abbot inspired “Happy Atmosphere Square” has not made the cut , with these options selected by the Northgate team:


  • Coachworks Arcade
    There has been a coachworks on the Northgate site since 1870, the current façade that will form the main entrance to the Northgate site, was built in 1914, (formerly the Chester Library building between 1984 – 2017) and outside on Northgate Street was also the coach stop for tours and excursions into the 1970s.
  • Via Victrix
    Via means road or passage and victrix means conqueror or winner in Latin; Victrix was the honorific title given to the Chester-based Roman XX Legion for defeating Boudica in AD60/1.
  • Minerva Arcade
    Minerva was the Roman goddess of trade and wisdom; there is also a Minerva Shrine located beside the route of the main Roman road into the Chester fortress of Deva from the south.
  • Holme’s Arcade
    In honour of the four generations of Randle Holmes, who were all heralds, sheriffs or mayors of Chester from the late 16th to early 18th century; Randle Holme III compiled the first book printed in Chester, ‘The Academy of Armory’ in 1688 which was a forerunner of encyclopaedias and included an illustrated guide to the goods for sale in Chester Market at the time, some remaining original editions are held by the British Library and Cheshire Archives.
Northgate square…. choose from the following names …


  • The Castrum
    The Latin word for barracks, as there were three Roman barracks located on the Northgate site.
  • Exchange Square
    After the name of the original Market building opened in 1692 that was located very near to the Northgate site and burnt down in 1862.
  • The Market Garden
    The Northgate site was previously the Medieval market gardens for the city where vegetables and fruit were grown and sold in the market.
  • Fortress Square
    The Northgate site was one of the largest and most important Roman fortresses in Britain and was occupied for almost 400 years

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration, said: “Thanks to everyone that submitted a name for the new square and arcade; after looking at all the options and the most popular choices, we have selected these eight names to reflect the rich history of the city and in particular the Northgate site which was the epicentre of the Deva Roman settlement. I look forward to seeing which option receives the most votes.”

Councillor Stuart Parker, Conservative group committee member of the Northgate Joint Members Working Group, said: “With so many names suggested, we had a hard task of selecting a shortlist, but I hope these options provide a fitting choice for what is set to be a fantastic addition to Chester’s range of attractions for residents and visitors alike when it opens next year.”

Simply select your favourite name at before the closing date of 5th November

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