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Blue Bell, Chester

Blue Bell, Chester

The Blue Bell is at 63–65 Northgate Street in Chester. Originally it consisted of two medieval houses which were joined together in the 18th century. The pavement runs through the ground floor storey of the northern part of the building, leaving a separate cabin or chamber between the pavement and the road.

The building dates from the mid to late 15th century, and is said to be the oldest surviving intact medieval house in Chester. It formed part of Lorimer's Row, a group of buildings with an arcade at ground level, as distinct from the Rows in the centre of the city whose walkways are at the first floor level. From an early date, the south part of the building has been an inn, its first license possibly dating from 1494. In the 19th century the southern part of the building was an inn while the northern part housed a shop. The inn closed in the 1930s. In 1948 the building was used as an antique shop but its condition deteriorated so much that it was threatened with demolition. In the 1950s the Chester Civic Trust campaigned for its survival, it was restored, and has since been used as a clothes shop and, more recently, as a restaurant.

The building is timber-framed on a sandstone plinth with brickwork added later which has subsequently been rendered and painted. The two buildings comprising the whole have separate frames each with roofs leading to gables over the street. At ground level the southern part of the building has an arcade open to the street with a pier to the south and an octagonal column south of the centre. The northern part has a separate cabin or chamber adjacent to the street with the walkway between its rear and the rest of the building.
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Sight Name: Blue Bell
Sight Location: Chester, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Chester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Chester's Historical Architecture Tour

Chester's Historical Architecture Tour

Chester is a phenomenal city for fans of architecture. Here you will find interesting houses, rows and terraces. Additionally, the vast majority of the structures are listed by the English Heritage and include work from such famous architects as James Harrison, T.M. Penson, John Douglas and others.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Chester Introduction Walk

Chester Introduction Walk

Chester is a city with many worthwhile landmarks. Eastgate Clock, Chester Castle and Chester Roman Amphitheater are just a few of the wonderful sights in this fine city. So, if you're looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, travel along a route that takes you to the most remarkable spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Chester Museums and Art Galleries

Chester Museums and Art Galleries

Chester cultural and historical heritage is both rich and various. Thus, the museums and art galleries of the city are a must-visit. The popular attractions are well preserved, structured and easily one of the greatest entertainment and educational venues in Chester. Take this tour to experience and learn about everything Chester has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Chester is a city with wonderful churches, as the vast majority of the structures offer special architectural and cultural value (most Grade I or Grade II listed buildings). Visitors will admire the beauty of these religious structures, some of which date several centuries back. Additionally, the churches are active in the city life, providing religious services, organizing various events and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Family Entertainment in Chester

Family Entertainment in Chester

Chester offers fantastic opportunities for the whole family. Inside the city, parents and children alike will find places of interest, including but not limited to the Miniature Railway, Dewa Roman Experience and The Old Sweet Shop. Take a day out with the family and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, fun and pleasant memories for your children.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Chester's Black-And-White Architecture Tour

Chester's Black-And-White Architecture Tour

If you visit Chester the first thing you might notice is the magnificent black-and-white architecture. The Rows are unique in Great Britain, while the black-and-white revival and timber framing styles are prominent for Chester. These charming buildings will definitely catch your eyes and make your visit even more memorable.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles