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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
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SJ 40421 66587



SJ4066NW NORTHGATE STREET AND ROW 595-1/1/294 (West side) 28/07/55 No.57 Street (The Pied Bull Hotel) (Formerly Listed as: NORTHGATE STREET No.57 The Pied Bull Hotel)


Inn, probably on the site of 2 medieval tenements. C17 partly refronted later C17 and extended to rear C19. Brown brick with some sandstone and timber framing; grey slate roofs with 2 parallel ridges running back from the street. EXTERIOR: cellars and 3 storeys. Arcade over Northgate Street pavement has 3 segmental arches of stone with 2 storeys of Flemish bond brickwork above. The rebuilt timber-framed rear face to arcade has a broad C17 door of 4 oak boards with a planted round-arched panel-frame, on wrought-iron strap hinges; a replaced slightly bayed small-pane window to each side of door; flush sandstone quoins at north corner to King Street. The upper storeys have flush quoins, 2 recessed sashes of 12 panes to the second storey and 2 of 9 panes to the third storey; painted stone sills and wedge lintels; parapet with plain stone coping. The north side, to King Street, of irregular bond brickwork, has a 3-course band on shaped corbels of brick at each upper floor level; the lower band is doubled above the former piers between arches of window and door openings, now blocked or reduced; the first storey has 3 old window arches and 2 door openings, one broad and the other narrow; there are now 2 recessed 12-pane sashes with boxes exposed, 2 smaller inserted small-pane windows and a 3-panel door with leaded glazing in the upper panel in a plain doorcase with blocked overlight and a small moulded hood on brackets. The second storey has two 12-pane flush sashes and a flush 9-pane sash under relieving arches, and four inserted casements. The third storey has a 3-light casement with old leaded glazing in 2 upper panes, and 4 inserted casements; a flush lateral chimney. The rear extension is of 3 builds: the first storey has the blocked arch to a former carriage entrance, the second storey a replaced cross window and the third storey a casement of two 4-pane lights; there are no visible features of special interest further back. INTERIOR: the full cellars have outer walls of coursed sandstone with some later brick patching; sub-division of the

interior is largely modern, but walls and openings incorporate chamfered oak beams, one cambered and with its lower face cut into to increase headroom, and oak posts with some chamfers and one with a jowelled head. Much of the first storey is altered and features are masked. The front room, north, has a C17 stone fireplace with moulded reveals, slots perhaps to hold former spit arms, a brick flue and an armorial painting on the overmantel; the front part of the room has small panelling of oak, altered, in which are 2 cupboards by the fireplace, on butterfly hinges. The C17 oak stair is open-well to the second storey and was so to the third storey, but altered to a dogleg; it has carved faces to the closed strings, shaped newels and pierced vase splat balusters; the steps are carpeted. In the second storey the principal front room, north, has 4 rows of narrow oak panels surmounted by a broad row, parts altered. The open fireplace with sandstone and brick flue has a painted stone chimney-piece with moulded reveals, a depressed arch and 2 superimposed cornices, the lower one on consoles and the upper on bulgy rectangular corbels; moulded ceiling cornice of oak; 2 tongued stop-chamfered beams, three plaster roses; a foliage-and acorn motif at each corner of the plaster ceiling. The front room, south, has a south-east corner flue, with replaced fireplace, a plastered chamfered ceiling beam and a plaster fleur-de-lys at each corner of the ceiling panels. Each front room has an oak door of 6 panels. There is some original oak panelling in the landing and rear passage and, on the division line between the 2 former tenements, oak framing with full-height panels, perhaps C16. The third storey has a little large framing, now concealed, in the south bay, some visible beams and posts, exposed oak joists and a corner flue in the south front room. HISTORICAL NOTE: the Pied Bull is almost certainly the inn where George Borrow admired the strapping chambermaid, commented on the ale and spat the proffered Cheshire Cheese into the street. (Borrow George: Wild Wales: 1862-).

Listing NGR: SJ4042166587


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Borrow, G, Wild Wales, (1862)


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: 02 May 2002
Reference: IOE01/06878/22
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