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Latitude: 53.1916 / 53°11'29"N
Longitude: -2.871 / 2°52'15"W
OS Eastings: 341899
OS Northings: 366411
OS Grid: SJ418664
Mapcode National: GBR 7B.2YZL
Mapcode Global: WH88F.W10L
Plus Code: 9C5V54RH+JH
Entry Name: Cemetery Wall of Former Leper Hospital of St Giles
Listing Date: 23 July 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1375952
English Heritage Legacy ID: 469931
Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH3
County: Cheshire West and Chester
Electoral Ward/Division: Boughton
Built-Up Area: Chester
Traditional County: Cheshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire
Church of England Parish: Chester St Paul
Church of England Diocese: Chester
CHESTER CITY (EM)
SJ4166 THE MOUNT
1932-1/6/200 (North side)
Cemetery wall of former Leper
Hospital of St Giles
Retaining wall of cemetery. Early C12, periodically repaired.
Coursed red sandstone rubble. Oval in plan. 36 x 24m, approx
1.6m high. The side to Christleton Road is almost straight.
The wall is battered. A stone tablet mounted above the south
side of wall to Christleton Road is inscribed "SAINT GILES
CEMETERY : HERE STOOD THE LEPER HOSPITAL AND CHAPEL OF SAINT
GILES FOUNDED EARLY IN THE TWELFTH CENTURY AND ENDOWED BY
SUCCESSIVE NORMAN EARLS OF CHESTER. THEY REMAINED IN CONSTANT
USE UNTIL 1645 WHEN DEFENSIVE MEASURES NECESSITATED THE
DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS OUTSIDE THE CITY WALLS. THE CEMETERY
REMAINED TO MARK THE SITE AND IN TIME THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF
SPITAL CLUSTERED AROUND IT. IN 1644 UNTIL THE ROYALIST
DEFENDERS SURRENDERED HERE IT WAS ALSO USED FOR VICTIMS OF THE
PLAGUES WHICH RAVAGED THE CITY IN THE 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES.
BEING EXTRA PAROCHIAL THE SITE WAS GRANTED TO THE CORPORATION
BY CHARLES II IN 1685 AS A BURIAL GROUND AND, THOUGH FOR A
PERIOD IN THE CHARGE OF ST.JOHN'S PARISH, IT REMAINS IN THEIR
HANDS. WHEN THE PROTESTANT MARTYR WAS BURNED AT THE STAKE ON
GALLOWS HILL CLOSE BY HIS ASHES WERE COLLECTED BY HIS FRIENDS
AND BURIED HERE. THE LAST BURIAL TOOK PLACE IN 1854".
The rear of the tablet is inscribed "I H S : MANY UNKNOWN ARE
BURIED HERE NOTABLY THE LEPERS FROM THE 12TH CENTURY TO 1643,
SOLDIERS WHO FELL IN THE BATTLE OF GREAT BOUGHTON 1644 AND
NUMEROUS VICTIMS OF THE PLAGUE".
The cemetery wall encloses a cemetery containing a number of
damaged table tombs, mostly C19 in date, none of which are
included in this item.
Listing NGR: SJ4189966410
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