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Watergate House

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1894 / 53°11'21"N

Longitude: -2.8961 / 2°53'46"W

OS Eastings: 340220

OS Northings: 366191

OS Grid: SJ402661

Mapcode National: GBR 79.350D

Mapcode Global: WH88F.H337

Entry Name: Watergate House

Listing Date: 10 January 1972

Last Amended: 6 August 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1376469

English Heritage Legacy ID: 470470

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 John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


CHESTER CITY (IM)

SJ4066SW WATERGATE STREET AND ROW
595-1/3/402 (South side)
10/01/72 Watergate House
(Formerly Listed as:
WATERGATE STREET
Watergate House)

GV II*

Town house, then headquarters of North Western Command, now
offices. 1820. By Thomas Harrison. For Henry Potts, Clerk of
the Peace. Flemish bond brown brick, with stone dressings
later stuccoed; grey slate roofs with lead rolls.
EXTERIOR: basement and 2 storeys, with 3 sashes to each storey
of main block on north, west and east fronts; a probably
contemporary service wing to south is recessed, east, and
projects, west. The square plan of the main block, with main
entrance at its north east corner giving access through a
lobby to a central top-lit hall, allows principal rooms on all
4 sides.
A 2-storey convex quadrant recessed into the north-east corner
contains the main entrance with curved 8-panel door, 4-pane
sidelights and 3-pane overlight in Ionic doorcase approached
by 6 curved stone steps repaired in concrete; the second
storey has a 12-pane sash in a stone architrave bearing the
initials ER (Edwardus Rex).
The north front to Watergate Street has three 9-pane sashes to
basement, facing an area with stone retaining wall and
cast-iron railings; each upper storey has 3 recessed 12-pane
sashes with simple painted stone sills and gauged brick flat
arches. All fronts have plinth, moulded band and cornice.
The east front to Nicholas Street Mews has a barred opening in
plinth, behind a raised pavement with damaged cast-iron
railings on a round-topped stone base; each upper storey has 3
sashes as on north front; 6 repaired stone steps, rising
parallel with the frontage, lead to each side of the access
landing to a door of 6 flush panels with blocked overlight,
left.
The recessed service wing behind a shallow brick-walled yard,
has an altered door; a 12-pane recessed sash with one blocked
window opening to each of the 2 storeys above and an added
dormer to attic. The west front to garden has a broad
segmental central brick bow containing a curved tripartite
french sash of 8;12;8 panes with a tripartite sash of 4;12;4
panes above; to each side there is a 12-pane recessed sash to
each storey. A raised stone pavement has a grated recess for a


basement window. The projecting service wing, right, has a
damaged 16-pane sash to lower storey, with a similar window
and a blocked opening above. The south elevation to the
service wing has a 20-pane recessed sash and a damaged
tripartite sash of 4;12;4 panes to the lower storey, three
20-pane sashes to the second storey and 2 blocked openings to
the attic storey; the lower portion, left, has a replaced
boarded door with overlight, a 16-pane sash to each side and
three 20-pane sashes to upper storey.
INTERIOR: detailed notes of the interior could not be taken.
The plan is probably unique. The entrance leads through a
domed circular corner lobby to the octagonal central hall with
a pair of pillars, west, supporting a gallery-landing. The
stone main stair south has moulded iron balusters. Conversion
to offices has left structure and detail largely undamaged,
most notably the west range of rooms
(Bartholomew City Guides: Harris B: Chester: Edinburgh: 1979-:
47-48).

Listing NGR: SJ4022066191

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