Mr Monkey scampered back to Bridge Street. His humans were complaining about hunger and thirst again, so he let them have a rather pleasant snack and some Welsh beer at the Bear and Billet. This was built in 1664 as the townhouse of the Earls of Shrewsbury, Serjeants of the Bridgegate. A couple of years later the Earl, Francis Talbot, sold his rights to charge travellers for using the gate to the corporation of Chester. That got him £200, which could have come in useful.
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