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Chester College Chapel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chester, Cheshire West and Chester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1989 / 53°11'56"N

Longitude: -2.8964 / 2°53'47"W

OS Eastings: 340212

OS Northings: 367244

OS Grid: SJ402672

Mapcode National: GBR 79.2JY0

Mapcode Global: WH887.GVZJ

Entry Name: Chester College Chapel

Listing Date: 10 January 1972

Last Amended: 23 July 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375741

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469720

Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Newton

Built-Up Area: Chester

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Chester St Oswald and St Thomas of Canterbury

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

CHESTER CITY (EM)

SJ46NW CHENEY ROAD
1932-1/2/43 (North side)
10/01/72 Chester College Chapel
(Formerly listed as:
PARKGATE ROAD
Chester College Chapel)

GV II*


College chapel. 1844-7. By JE Gregan of Manchester. Coursed red sandstone; graded Westmorland green slate roof.
Geometrical style. A hall-chapel with south-west bell-turret and north and south porches.
EXTERIOR: the west end has side of north porch with shoulder-arched occasional door; chapel has a 4-light window with tracery of 2 quatrefoils supporting a sexfoil; a trefoil in gable; cross finial; slender octagonal turret with loops to spiral stair and arched bell-opening in each face beneath a heavily crocketed spire. The south side of chapel has gabled porch in west bay with oak double doors on ornate hinges; shafts with stiff-leaf capitals; hoodmould to archway on head-corbels; diagonal buttresses; apex cross. The 5 bays to east have 2-light windows. The east end has a 5-light geometrical window; gable corss. The 2 east bays of the north side are detailed as south side; the college building adjoins the other bays, with the linking north porch to the west bay.
INTERIOR: Chester was the earliest Church of England College for training schoolteachers; the students played an active part in making the chapel furnishings which are well designed and executed, including the east window. The stalls face each other; oak dado of traceried panelling with rail inscribed: "Cleanse me from my sin: Sing ye praises with understanding: Father into Thy hands I commend my spirit: At Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore: I am the Bread: I will wash my hands in innocency O LORD and so will I go to thine Altar: I am the Vine: there is laid up for me a Crown of righteousness: Lord Jesus receive my spirit: Have mercy upon me Lord for I am weak: strengthen me with Thy free spirit: Make me a clean heart O GOD."
A tiered west gallery reached by the turret stair has a carved open-work front. The chapel has an encaustic tile floor; a traceried 3-gabled organ-case 1856 by Rev. TN Hutchinson; memorial head in circlet of Rev. Arthur Rigg, Principal for 30 years since inception of the College in 1839, by JS Westmacott; similar head of Dean Bellers 1854-1925, Diocesan Chancellor, plaque to Rev. JM Critchley, Vice Principal 1864-9 and Principal 1869-85; memorial to students killed in action 1914-19. On south side of gallery an oil painting after Reni of Michael casting out Satan and, north, after Rubens of the Deposition, given by the first Duke of Westminster 1883.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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