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Chester College Old Building and Wall, North East and South East

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

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Latitude: 53.199 / 53°11'56"N

Longitude: -2.8968 / 2°53'48"W

OS Eastings: 340188

OS Northings: 367251

OS Grid: SJ401672

Mapcode National: GBR 79.2JTP

Mapcode Global: WH887.GVSG

Entry Name: Chester College Old Building and Wall, North East and South East

Listing Date: 10 January 1972

Last Amended: 23 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375742

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469721

Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Garden Quarter

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


1932-1/2/44 (North side)
10/01/72 Chester College Old Building and
wall, north-east and south-east
(Formerly Listed as:
Chester College main building)


College of Higher Education. Founded in 1839, the earliest
Church of England Diocesan College for training
schoolteachers; 1841-2 by JC and G Buckler. Stone-dressed
brown brick with grey slate roofs. Tudor Revival style.
EXTERIOR: basement and 3 storeys; the original entrance front
to Parkgate Road is E-shaped, with lower wing, formerly the
College's school, right. Basement has replaced casements under
gauged-brick flat arches. The narrow central entrance bay
projects. Stone-dressed forecourt wall returns as parapets to
15 stone steps to studded door of 3-full-height panels in
ornate sandstone, weathered case. A 3-light mullioned and
transomed casement in bay to each side of entrance; each end
bay has a 5-light casement; shorter windows in similar order
to each upper storey are altered. Stone-coped gables to
central bay and end-bays. To right a recessed link-bay to
former schoolroom which has gable-end to front; a full
mullioned and transomed window with four rows of 4 lights;
stone-coped gable with kneelers and finial; louvred bellcote
under belled pyramidal roof on ridge. Both sides of the rear
part of the Old Building are freely composed, with Tudor
detail. The right side is built against; the left side adjoins
the Chapel (qv) and has a mid C20 two-storey porch, now the
entrance, facing Cheyney Road.
The rear, or garden, face is expressed similarly to the front,
and altered to a similar degree. The 3-gabled bays do not
project; hence the composition is less vertical in
composition, and more reposed.
INTERIOR: one or two ground floor rooms facing Parkgate Road
retain original character, but elsewhere most are altered.
The stone-coped wall to the Parkgate forecourt to the Old
Building is continued in coursed sandstone to the corner of
Cheyney Road and south-west along Cheyney Road. Birdsmouthed
stone coping; 2 pairs of square gateposts to Cheyney Road with
birdsmouthed pyramidal caps.

Listing NGR: SJ4018867251

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

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