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Old Vicarage and Parish Room to Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

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

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Latitude: 53.198 / 53°11'52"N

Longitude: -2.8963 / 2°53'46"W

OS Eastings: 340222

OS Northings: 367142

OS Grid: SJ402671

Mapcode National: GBR 79.2JZF

Mapcode Global: WH887.HW17

Entry Name: Old Vicarage and Parish Room to Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Listing Date: 10 January 1972

Last Amended: 23 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375900

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469879

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


1932-1/2/219 (South West side)
10/01/72 Old Vicarage and Parish Room to
Church of St Thomas of Canterbury
(Formerly Listed as:
St Oswald's Vicarage)


Vicarage, now English Department of Chester College. 1880. By
John Douglas. Red-brown brick with plaster panels; graded
Westmorland green slate roofs.
PLAN: Asymmetric plan with porch and stair left, corridors in
recessed central portion, attic stair, ancillary rooms and
former parish room in single-storey wing, right, all facing
north-east; all principal rooms face south-west garden, and
views; c.f. Douglas's home, Walmoor, Dee Banks (qv).
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attic. Stair roof sweeps down to front
left, apsidal 2-storey porch has stone steps to brick archway,
9-panel door in leaded half-glazed timber screen. Casements
have moulded brick mullions, stone transoms to ground floor
and ogee and basket-arched heads to upper lights; leaded
lights, some removed. Two 3-light casements to corridor;
square turret for secondary stair; 5-light casement in front
gable, right. Parish room has porch in corner with house,
doorway arched; a triple lancet and a pair of lancets. The
second storey has terracotta jetty to porch and central bay;
apsidal chapel above porch has brick strings and hoodmoulds to
a lancet in each face. Two 3-light leaded casements to the
upper corridor; loops to turret and a course of basket-arched
lights beneath the eaves to its pyramidal roof with
weather-vane; 3-light casement in right gable. Rectangular
plaster panels beneath corridor windows; lozenge panels with
brick diapering in gable. A lateral chimney at inner corner of
porch-bay with house; a large chimney before the ridge of the
central roof.
The south-east end has a projecting shaped chimney behind the
ridge; a French window with 2 leaded lights above and a
cross-window to stair; plaster lozenge-panels in gable.
The garden front has a long, simple rear wing left, dividing
garden from Parish Room; a 2 storey 6-light canted bay-window,
right; three 3-light casements to ground floor of central
portion; a band of lozenge-panels to central portion and
rectangular panels to bay window; a horizontal band of
rhythmically-grouped mullioned casements to bedrooms; rear

gable-end to left bay has a basket-arched light to the first
floor and a 2-light casement beneath the plastered apex to the
INTERIOR: has a number of features and details typical of
Douglas: pine doors of 5, 6 and 9 panels with reeded stiles,
muntins and rails; door furniture; fireplace surrounds with
good tiles and timber detailing, with inlaid work; timber
screen with leaded glazing; a good open-well stair with timber
screen to landing; trusses to Parish Room roof of
well-expressed simple carpentry.

Listing NGR: SJ4022267142

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

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