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Chester Magistrates Court

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

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Latitude: 53.192 / 53°11'31"N

Longitude: -2.8919 / 2°53'30"W

OS Eastings: 340508

OS Northings: 366472

OS Grid: SJ405664

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.2S22

Mapcode Global: WH88F.K148

Entry Name: Chester Magistrates Court

Listing Date: 10 January 1972

Last Amended: 6 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376367

English Heritage Legacy ID: 470362

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


595-1/4/315 (East side)
10/01/72 Chester Magistrates Court No.3
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Barclays Bank)


Magistrates' court and offices, formerly part of the King's
School which included the Cathedral Choir School. 1875-7. By
Sir Arthur Blomfield. Reddish buff sandstone; brown clay tile
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, 7 bays. The wing of the former school is
expressed as the main range of a Tudor hall with the great
hall on its upper storey. Moulded plinth; buttresses; moulded
stringcourses; arched doorway with 2-light mullioned
overlight; mullioned and transomed windows of 2 and 3 lights;
all glazing to Northgate Street leaded; the south bay projects
slightly with side-buttresses; gargoyles; crenellated parapet;
coped end-gables; red terracotta ridge-tiles with
conical-roofed vents. The gable-end to St Werburgh Street has
a 2-light mullioned and transomed window to the lower storey
and a 5-light panel-traceried upper window under a 4-centre
arch. The magistrates' court wing is linked to the cathedral
by an east wing forming part of the same design, now Barclays
Bank, St Werburgh Street (qv).
INTERIOR: the courtroom and an interview room face Northgate
Street; 9-panel pine doors in heavy frames with finials;
boarding below dado-rail; decorated chamfered main beams;
plaster ceiling panels. A corridor with leaded lights to Abbey
Square runs behind the courtroom, with a stone basket archway
to a dogleg stone stair with winders at the turn and an oak
handrail on ornate iron balusters. The upper rooms could not
be inspected.
(Miscellaneous Views of Chester: Blomfield AW: Engraving:
Proposed new building for King's School: 1875-).

Listing NGR: SJ4050766474

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

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