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28 Bridge Street and 26 Row

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

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Latitude: 53.1896 / 53°11'22"N

Longitude: -2.8918 / 2°53'30"W

OS Eastings: 340512

OS Northings: 366204

OS Grid: SJ405662

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.302K

Mapcode Global: WH88F.K363

Entry Name: 28 Bridge Street and 26 Row

Listing Date: 10 January 1989

Last Amended: 6 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376074

English Heritage Legacy ID: 470060

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

Church of England Parish: Chester, St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


No.28 Street and No.26 Row (Ye Olde Vaults)

(Formerly Listed as:



Public house. c1789, refurbished c1900. Brown Flemish bond
brickwork, largely rendered; grey slate roof hipped to front,
at right angles to Bridge Street.
EXTERIOR: cellars and 4 storeys, one bay. At N corner of
Bridge Street and Commonhall Street. The street level bar has
an ornamental surround to arched doorway with panel inscribed
Ye Olde Vaults in raised lettering above, south, and a 24-pane
replacement of a similar earlier window; brick end-piers, that
to south rounded at street corner. The Row front has
substantial wooden barleysugar balusters and rail imitating
Nos 22 and 24 Row (qv), stallboard approx 1.2m from front to
back; brick end piers; plaster ceiling to stallboard and Row
walk; the face of the upper lounge to the rear of the Row
walk, c1900, is timber-framed, with a mock-Tudor south door
and over-panel inscribed Ye Olde Vaults in raised lettering.
The fascia over the Row opening, the architrave frieze and
cornice at fourth storey floor and eaves cornice are designed
to match those of Nos 20, 22 & 24 Row; a C20 three-light
leaded metal casement to each upper storey; eaves parapet. The
architrave, frieze and cornices return on the Commonhall
Street face; the Flemish bond brickwork is exposed on the
lower 2 storeys; the street storey has a doorway and small
leaded hopper windows; the Row storey has 3 leaded
cross-windows and a mullioned and transomed 3-light casement;
the third storey has a 2-light leaded casement and 4 leaded
cross-windows, the fourth storey 3 leaded casements; part of a
rainwater pipe and head of lead with a lead bracket dated
1789; three lateral chimneys.
INTERIOR: beer cellars C18 to C19. Deep bar with some timber
beams; 2 shorter rear rooms, one with fireplace and one barrel
vaulted; stair to Row-level lounge which has an ornate grapes-
and-vines plaster ceiling, c1900; in the 3rd storey most
features covered; 4th storey has late C18 5-panelled doors.
(Chester Rows Research Project: Harris R: Archive, Bridge
Street West: 1989-; Engravings of street frontages in Chester:
Batenham: Bridge Street West (part): 1816-).

Listing NGR: SJ4051266204

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

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