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Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
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SJ 40491 66530



SJ4066NW ABBEY SQUARE 595-1/1/9 (West side) 28/07/55 Nos.4, 5 AND 6 (Formerly Listed as: ABBEY SQUARE Nos.1 AND 2-6 (Consecutive))


3 town houses, Nos 5 & 6 now offices. c1760. For prebendaries or leaseholders from the Dean and Chapter of Chester Cathedral. Flemish bond orange brick; grey slate roof not visible from front. EXTERIOR: cellars and 3 storeys. Rusticated quoins, painted stone plinth. No.4 has 3 altered stone steps to shortened door of 8 field panels with radial-bar fanlight with winged angel head in each spandrel, in case with architrave, and hood with frieze and pulvinated dentil cornice; No.5 has 2 stone steps to door of 8 fielded panels and overlight with panes shaped as concave lozenge in ellipse in case with panelled pilasters, plain frieze and moulded cornice hood; No.6 has boot-scraper, 2 stone steps to door of 5 field panels with radial bar fanlight having winged angel-heads and doorcase to match No.4. A boarded rear access door at south end of No.4 and north end of No.6. The window rhythm is varied; in first storey 2 recessed sashes; door; 2 recessed sashes; door; 2 recessed sashes and 2 flush sashes; door; 2 recessed sashes, all of 12 panes. The second storey has a recessed sash over the door to Nos 4 & 5, no sash over the door of No.6 and only one flush sash to its north, all of 12 panes. A 9-pane third storey sash over each second storey sash, 4 flush, 4 recessed and 3 flush. Painted stone sills and rusticated wedge lintels with ornate false keystones. Painted stone cornice and brick parapet with plain stone coping; no external rainwater pipes; 2 ridge chimneys. INTERIOR: No.4 could not be inspected in detail, but has features of similar type to those of other former houses on west side of Abbey Square. No.5 has cellar with peripheral walls of coursed sandstone on bedrock; wine bins; cellar door covered. The first-storey south front room has door of 4 fielded panels, panelled shuttered embrasure, a blocked corner chimney breast and a roll-moulded cornice. The north front room has door of 4 fielded panels, panelled shuttered embrasure, rail and cornice. The south rear room has door of 4 fielded panels, pilaster case to window, embrasure, a fire-corner cupboard and a chamfered beam. The north rear room

has door of 5 fielded panels. Round archway with fluted pilasters to closed-string dogleg stair with ovolo newel, 3 column-on-vase balusters per step and fielded dado panels. The second storey has doors of 4 fielded panels. The 2 interconnecting front rooms have architraves to embrasures, blocked fireplaces and cornices. The third storey has 4-panel doors, a blocked corner breast, a blocked fireplace and architraves to embrasures. No.6 has cellar with coursed sandstone peripheral walls on bedrock, brick partitions; brick barrel-vault to front chamber, stone winder steps and door of 4 fielded panels. The first-storey front south room has replaced door, fireplace having side-cupboard with door of one fielded panel on old long hinges with fluted pilasters to alcove above, a narrow breast-side cupboard, 2 shuttered embrasures with benches, and cornice. The close-string open-well stair has 3 column-on-vase balusters per step and chamfered newels. The second storey has a door of 4 fielded panels and a door with 2 rows of 3 fielded panels; the south front room has 2 panelled shuttered embrasures with benches, a blocked chimney-breast and a cross-beam with a lambs tongue stop at its north end. The north front room has a panelled embrasure with bench and a chamfered beam with lambs tongue stops. The third storey has doors of 4 fielded panels, panelled embrasures with benches and blocked fireplaces. (Burne RVH: Chester Cathedral: London: 1958-).

Listing NGR: SJ4048866539


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Burne, R V H, Chester Cathedral, (1958)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 10 Apr 2005
Reference: IOE01/12711/10
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