Chester Churches (Self Guided), Chester

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 activities for their visitors.
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Chester Churches Map

Guide Name: Chester Churches
Guide Location: England » Chester (See other walking tours in Chester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: rose
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Christ Church

1) Christ Church

Christ Church is situated in Somerset Street in Chester. It continues to be an active Anglican church in the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is combined with that of St Michael, Plas Newton.

The church was built to replace an earlier church dated 1838 on the site which had been designed by Thomas Jones. It was rebuilt in separate stages by John Douglas. The chancel and the southeast chapel are built of sandstone ashlar and the rest of the church is in red brick with stone dressings. The roofs are of grey-green slates. The style is Gothic Revival. The plan of the church consists of a five-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a chancel, a baptistry, a southeast chapel, vestries, and a south porch.

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Saint Werburgh’s Catholic Church

2) Saint Werburgh’s Catholic Church

St Werburgh's Church is located in Grosvenor Park Road. It is an active Roman Catholic parish church in the diocese of Shrewsbury. A church dedicated to Saint Werburgh was opened in Queen Street in 1799. The present church was built between 1873 and 1875 to a design by Edmund Kirby. Before the church was formally opened, Cardinal Manning celebrated Mass on Christmas Day, 1875. It was officially opened on 13 July 1876 with a Pontifical High Mass, the first to be celebrated in Chester for 300 years. The church was intended to have a large steeple, but this was never built. In 1913–14 a narthex, also designed by Kirby, was added. In 2002 the church was re-ordered, and it was re-dedicated in May of that year by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

St Werburgh's is constructed in buff sandstone, and has grey slate roofs. The normal orientation is reversed, the altar being at the west end. Its plan consists of a nave and sanctuary with an apse in one cell, and north and south aisles with a clerestory. The architectural style is French Gothic with lancet windows.

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St John the Baptist's Church

3) St John the Baptist's Church (must see)

St John the Baptist's Church is in the city of Chester. It lies outside the city walls on a cliff above the north bank of the River Dee. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is combined with that of St Peter, Chester. It is considered to be the best example of 11th–12th century church architecture in Cheshire.

The church was reputedly founded by King Aethelred in 689. During the 11th century, Earl Leofric was a "great benefactor" of the church. In 1075 Peter, Bishop of Lichfield moved the seat of his see to Chester, making St John's his cathedral until he died in 1085. Peter's successor moved his seat to Coventry and St John's became a co-cathedral. After the Dissolution, much of the east end of the church was demolished and some of it remains as ruins to the east of the present church. Since the Dissolution, it has been a parish church.

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Wesley Methodist Church

4) Wesley Methodist Church

The Wesley Methodist Church, Chester, is located in St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, England. It is an active Methodist church in the circuit of Chester. The church was built in 1811. The original plan was prepared by Thomas Harrison, but this was inadequate for the full church. The plan was completed by William Cole II, who was also the main contractor for building the church. The original entrance to the church was on the west side, with an apsidal east end facing towards St John Street. In 1906 the church was extended and re-ordered by P. H. and W. T. Lockwood. As a result of this the church was re-orientated, replacing the apse with an entrance front. At the west end a chancel was created, possibly from the original porch.

The original part of the church is constructed in brown brick, the later parts in red Ruabon brick. The roofs are in slate. The entrance front is symmetrical with a central gable containing a nine-light round-arched window. This is flanked by two-storey pavilions at the corners. Along each side of the church are three tall windows and three lunettes. Inside the church are galleries on the sides that are carried on four-bay arcades with Ionic piers, and a round chancel arch. There is a large stained glass window dating from about 1914 by Gamon and Humphrey, and a war memorial window of 1926 by H. G. Hillier. The organ originally had two manuals and was made by J. J. Binns in 1926. A third manual was added by the same builder in 1948. The organ was cleaned and renovated in 2000 by David Wells.

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St Peter's Church

5) St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church, Chester is in Eastgate Street in the centre of the city of Chester. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is united with that of St John's. The church stands on the site of part of the Roman Praetorium and some of its fabric dates from that time. A church is said to have been built on this site by Ethelfleda in 907. The present church dates from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, with modifications in the following three centuries. Formerly the tower had a spire which was removed and rebuilt in the 16th century, taken down in the 17th century, then rebuilt and finally removed "having been much injured by lightning" about 1780. In 1849–50 the church was repaired by James Harrison, and 1886 it was restored by John Douglas, which included the addition of a pyramidal spire.

The church is built of red sandstone and is approximately square in plan. Its floor is at the level of the adjacent Watergate Row and the church is entered by a flight of seven stone steps on the south face. At the west end there is an embraced tower which rises one stage above the roof, with a clock and a bell opening of two lights. The top is crenellated, it has crocketed pinnacles and a pyramidal slate spire.

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Chester Cathedral

6) Chester Cathedral (must see)

Chester Cathedral is the mother church of the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and is located in the city of Chester. The cathedral, formerly St Werburgh's abbey church of a Benedictine monastery, is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since 1541 it has been the centre of worship, administration, ceremony and music for the city and diocese.

The cathedral is a Grade I listed building, and the heritage site, including the former monastic buildings, lying to the north of the cathedral is also listed Grade I. The cathedral, typical of English cathedrals in having been modified many times, dates from between 1093 and the early 16th century, although the site itself may have been used for Christian worship since Roman times. All the major styles of English medieval architecture, from Norman to Perpendicular are represented in the present building.

The cathedral and monastic buildings were extensively restored during the 19th century amidst some controversy, and a free-standing bell-tower was added in the 20th century. The buildings are a major tourist attraction in Chester, a city of historic, cultural and architectural importance. In addition to holding services for Christian worship, the cathedral is used as a venue for concerts and exhibitions.

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Northgate Church

7) Northgate Church

Northgate Church, Chester, is located in Upper Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, England. It is an active church, and part of the Lifelink International family of churches. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.

It was originally built in 1874 as a Congregational church, and was designed by the local architect T. M. Lockwood. The building was bought in 1979 by a congregation of the Lifelink International family of churches.

The church is constructed with a front in yellow sandstone, and the sides and rear in brick. The roof is slated. It is described by the authors of the Buildings of England series as "quite a landmark".

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Saint Oswald and Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish Church

8) Saint Oswald and Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish Church

The Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury is situated in the City of Chester, in an area of the city informally known as "The Garden Quarter". While the church was built in 1872, the parish of St. Oswald which it serves, is much older, dating back to about 980AD. One of the earliest references to St. Oswald's can be found in Bradshaw's Life of St. Werburge (Chapter 4) The Parish Registers date back to 1580. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. The patrons of the parish are the dean and chapter of Chester Cathedral.

The church of St. Thomas of Canterbury as built between 1869 and 1872 by Sir George Gilbert Scott had a chancel with a south aisle and an aisled nave of three bays, all in an Early English style. On becoming the parish church in 1881, the church was enlarged to the designs of J. O. Scott (younger son of George Gilbert Scott) with a faculty being granted giving permission to enlarge the nave and aisle by adding two bays and erecting a porch on the north side; to build a tower and place a clock and bells therein; to place a pulpit, reredos, and sedilia in the church; to remove and re-erect the font at the west end of the church; to construct a heating apparatus; to construct an organ chamber and two vestries for the use of the clergy and choir; to place new seats for use of the choir and seat the whole of the church with open seats; to place stained glass in all the windows.

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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 Black-And-White Architectural Tour

Chester's Black-And-White Architectural 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
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
Chester Historical Architectural Tour

Chester Historical Architectural 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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation 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
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 City Walls

Chester's City Walls

Chester is the only city in Great Britain that maintained the full circuit of its ancient defensive walls. The main access through the walls is provided by four major gates. There are also towers along the walls such as Water Tower and Bonewaldesthorne's Tower. Today, tourists may travel down the ancient walls and learn about the rich history of this magnificent city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles