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3, Abbey Square

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

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Latitude: 53.1924 / 53°11'32"N

Longitude: -2.8921 / 2°53'31"W

OS Eastings: 340496

OS Northings: 366512

OS Grid: SJ404665

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.2S0N

Mapcode Global: WH88F.K110

Entry Name: 3, Abbey Square

Listing Date: 28 July 1955

Last Amended: 6 August 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376024

English Heritage Legacy ID: 470010

Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Chester City

Built-Up Area: Chester

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

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Listing Text


595-1/1/8 (West side)
28/07/55 No.3
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Nos.1 AND 2-6 (Consecutive))


Town house, now office. Probably 1771-2 for Samuel Hostage as
leaseholder from Dean and Chapter. Flemish bond brown brick
with pale headers; grey slate roof steeper than that to Nos 1
& 2 (qv).
EXTERIOR: cellar and 3 storeys. Painted stone plinth. 2 stone
steps to door of 6 fielded panels with radial-bar fanlight in
Roman Doric timber case with fluted pilasters and open
pediment. 2 flush sashes per storey, now of 4 panes; painted
stone sills to first and third storeys and sillband to second
storey; painted rusticated wedge lintels with false keystones;
moulded painted stone cornice; brick parapet with stone
coping; one chimney visible. The rear looks across a short
yard to the back of the buildings east of Northgate Street.
INTERIOR: the cellar has a 2-panel door, stair with newel and
rail of C17 type, quarry floors and, under the house, walls
largely of brick; brick wine-bins; some chamfered oak beams. 3
stone steps in opening with stone reveals in east wall lead
down to lower cellar under pavement of Abbey Square which has
coursed sandstone walls beneath a probably C18 segmental
barrel vault of brick, reputedly an ecclesiastic court cell.
The first-storey front room has broad panels beneath
dado-rail, eared fire-surround of carved wood with festoon
frieze and embellished cornice, door of 6 fielded panels in
eared architrave, panelled shutters and plaster cornice. The
stair-hall has round archway with fluted pilasters. The south
rear room has a probably Georgian range of cupboards against
the east wall, panelled dado and fire surround with eared
architrave; the north rear room has a late Georgian
fire-surround in a blocked earlier broad opening with a
cambered oak bressumer on sandstone piers with lambs tongue
stops to chamfers; a 2-tier corner cupboard has fielded panels
and old hinges. The narrow-well open-string stair has curtail
step, rose, 3 column-on-vase balusters per step, moulded swept
rail and panelled dado with bolection panels above.
The second-storey front room has door of 6 fielded panels,
panelled embrasures with eared architraves, fire surround with

eared architrave and modillion cornice. The rear south room
has door of 4 fielded panels on HL hinges, a simple eared fire
surround and a basket-arched alcove. The landing with chinois
balustrade overlooks the stairwell; the narrow stair to the
third storey is offset, and has winders. The third storey
rooms have 2-panel doors; a simple eared fire surround. A
narrow attic stair, similar to that to the third storey; a
2-panel attic door.
(Dean and Chapter of Chester Cathedral: Leases: 1771-1846: EDD
10.07.13; Burne RVH: Chester Cathedral: London: 1958-:

Listing NGR: SJ4049566512

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