Chester's Historical Architecture Tour (Self Guided), Chester

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.
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Chester's Historical Architecture Tour Map

Guide Name: Chester's Historical Architecture Tour
Guide Location: England » Chester (See other walking tours in Chester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • 6–11 Grosvenor Park Road
  • Public Baths
  • 1–11 and 13 Bath Street
  • Crypt Chambers
  • Booth Mansion
  • Guildhall
  • Stanley Palace
  • St. Mary's Centre
6–11 Grosvenor Park Road

1) 6–11 Grosvenor Park Road

6–11 Grosvenor Park Road is a terrace of houses in Chester. It was designed by the Chester architect John Douglas. The houses stand on the east side of Grosvenor Park Road. Immediately to the north of the houses is Zion Chapel, which was also designed by Douglas and built around the same time in a complementary architectural style. Grosvenor Park had been developed in the 1860s on land given to the city of Chester by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster, who also paid for its design by Edward Kemp. Its entrance lodge had been designed by Douglas. Both the marquess and his successor, the 1st Duke of Westminster, were concerned that the maintenance and improvement of the approach to the park should be carefully handled.

The building consists of six joined houses, each of which is different, with a turret at each end; the left turret is surmounted by a ball finial and that on the right has a weathervane. The terrace is built in Ruabon red brick with terracotta dressings, and plaster panels on the top floor. Each house has three storeys, the top storey of which consists either of a gabled projection from the roof, or in the case of the right hand house, a dormer. The roofs are steeply sloping and made of red-brown clay tiles. The architectural style has a mix of Gothic and vernacular elements.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Public Baths

2) Public Baths

The Public Baths are on the north side of Union Street at its junction with Bath Street in Chester.. The public baths were built for Chester City Council between 1898 and 1901 and were designed by the local architect John Douglas on whose land they were constructed. It was an unusual commission for Douglas, as most of his previous designs had been for churches and houses. Designing the baths involved "technical complexity and specialist engineering work". During the design process Douglas advised that because of possible leakage through the concrete linings of the baths, it should be replaced by a bituminous lining at an additional cost of £150; the council agreed to this.
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1–11 and 13 Bath Street

3) 1–11 and 13 Bath Street

1–11 and 13 Bath Street consists of a row of six attached cottages and a separate town house on the east side of Bath Street in Chester. The buildings were designed by the local architect John Douglas and built on his own land in 1903. They are built in buff sandstone with grey-green slate roofs in two storeys. The frontage is asymmetrical and includes a variety of features, including two large plain gables with their upper storeys jettied on corbels, two smaller dormers with shaped gables, and three round turrets with conical roofs. The cottages containing dormers are set back from the rest, have bay windows in the lower storey, and small forecourts with wrought iron railings in front. Over the door of No. 11 is a cartouche containing the date 1903. On the gables and on the summits of the turrets are finials. The chimneys and the rear of the cottages are constructed in brick.

No. 13 is at the south end of the street and has two storeys. It is built in red brick with panels containing stonework in the upper storey, and has Westmorland green slate roofs. Its plan consists of a main square part with a wing to the north. On the front of the main part of the house are, from the left, a round turret with a conical roof containing a hipped lucarne and surmounted by a finial, a high shaped chimney, and an octagonal turret with an octagonal spire and finial. The upper storeys of the main part of the house and the octagonal turret are jettied on terracotta corbels. The wing contains the front door and a jettied dormer with a casement window.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Crypt Chambers

4) Crypt Chambers (must see)

Crypt Chambers (or Crypt Building) is at 28–34 Eastgate Street and 34–40 Eastgate Row in Chester. They are built on the site of a medieval house whose undercroft is still present. The present building was constructed in 1858 to a design by T. M. Penson. It was built as a department store for William and Charles Brown of the Browns of Chester family of drapers. The building is in four storeys plus attics.

It is constructed in red and yellow sandstone with a roof of brown tiles. The façade is asymmetrical, having a square stair turret, with three bays to the east and one wider bay to the west. At the Row level are cast iron railings behind which are stallboards and above them are moulded arches. On each side of the entrance to the shop are the Chester City arms. In the west bay are four two-light arched windows in each storey. At this level on the tower is a two-storey oriel window. The west bay also has a gable; this contains a small triangular oriel. The tower has a four-light window between shallow buttresses. The top of the tower consists of a truncated spire with a gabled dormer on each face. At its summit is a cast iron rail.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Booth Mansion

5) Booth Mansion

Booth Mansion is a former town house at 28–34 Watergate Street in Chester. In 1700 George Booth rebuilt two medieval houses as his town house. He built a frontage in Georgian style, but behind this much of the medieval fabric was retained. The frontage was angled into the street so that the house could be seen better from Chester Cross. In the 1740s and 1750s the building was used as the assembly rooms for the town's social functions. Subsequently it has been used as an auction gallery and, as of 2010, houses a firm of solicitors.

The frontage is built in brick with stone quoins. Behind the frontage is medieval stonework and timber; the roof is of grey slates. At the street level are shop fronts and doorways between nine stone piers. At the Row level, overlooking the street, are three piers and six Tuscan columns.
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6) Guildhall (must see)

The Guildhall, formerly Holy Trinity Church, is a redundant church in Watergate in the city of Chester. The church closed in 1960, became known as the Guildhall, and was converted to be used for secular purposes. The original building, which had a north aisle, probably dated from the 14th century. The east end and south side were rebuilt in 1680. The present church was built between 1865 and 1869 to a design by James Harrison.

It is built in red sandstone with grey slate roofs. Its plan consists of a continuous nave and chancel with a clerestory, a west porch, a detached south spire and porch, and a vestry to the south. The tower has three stages with double doors to the east and above this a relief sculpture of Christ enthroned. The second stage has a lancet window and clock faces to the east and south. The third stage has two-light bell-openings, corner buttresses, a pierced parapet and a recessed octagonal stone spire with three lucarnes to each face.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Stanley Palace

7) Stanley Palace

Stanley Palace is at 83 Watergate Street in Chester. Built as a town house for Sir Peter Warburton in 1591, it has since been apartments, a boys' school, and a museum, and is now used as an office and meeting rooms. When Sir Peter Warburton died in 1621 the house was inherited by his daughter. She married Sir Thomas Stanley who gave his name to the house. After the Civil Wars James Stanley was held under arrest at the house, and transported to Bolton for execution.

Part of the house was demolished and the southwest wing was rebuilt in the early 18th century. The house then ceased to be a mansion house and by the early 19th century it had been divided into apartments and its condition was deteriorating. It was bought by the Chester Archaeological Society in 1865 and during the 1870s housed a boys' school. The building was sold to the 15th Earl of Derby in 1889. In the early 1920s the building contained "a museum of 1,000 curios". The house was given to Chester Corporation in 1928.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Mary's Centre

8) St. Mary's Centre

St Mary's Centre, formerly the Church of St Mary-on-the-Hill in Chester, stands at the top of St Mary's Hill. In the 1970s the church was converted into an educational centre. It is currently available for use as a concert and exhibition venue and the Chester Music Society hold many concerts there throughout the year. For the last few years, the centre has been the venue for the final exhibition of work by sixth-form art students at Chester Catholic High School. The original church on the site was Norman and it served the castle.

The present church dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. The south chapel was built around 1443 and was owned by the Earl of Shrewsbury. It was damaged in 1645 during the Civil War and collapsed in 1661. It was rebuilt in 1693. During the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 the upper stage of the tower was demolished by Lord Cholmondeley in order to provide a clear line of fire. The church was restored in 1861–62 by James Harrison and in 1890–92 by J. P. Seddon. The north porch was rebuilt in 1892 in memory of Randle Holme III. The aisle roofs were rebuilt in the 1930s.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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