Councillor Samantha Dixon, the Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, has unveiled a new plaque (Friday 15 December) at Chester’s Bus Interchange.
The bronze plaque marks the site of The Ship Victory, the public house that stood on the site from 1855 to 2014. The pub was named after Nelson’s Flag Ship ‘HMS Victory’
Councillor Dixon said: “I’d like to thank Andy Scargill who suggested this tribute to the building that first served Cestrians during the Napoleonic wars.
“Known as the little pub with a big heart, I hope this plaque will ensure it remains in our memories and its place in the city history is now firmly cast in bronze and set in stone.”
HMS Victory left Chatham’s Royal Dockyard on 7 May 1765. She led fleets in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War. In 1805 she was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Nelson in Britain’s greatest naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The unveiling was witnessed by former landlord Joe Gildea, Chris Matheson MP, Christine Gaskell (Chair of the LEP who provided a funding contribution to the Chester Bus Interchange project) and local resident Andy Scargill.
Image: Chris Matheson, Christine Gaskell, Cllr Samantha Dixon. Helen and Joe Gildea