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Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
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SJ 40339 66247



SJ4066SW WATERGATE STREET AND ROW 595-1/3/418 (North side) 28/07/55 No.68 Street (Formerly Listed as: WATERGATE STREET No.68)


Town house, now shop and offices. 1729 for Alderman Henry Bennett, altered probably later C18 and front rebuilt retaining original features mid C20. Painted stone, stone-dressed brown brick; grey slate roof of 4 narrow spans with ridges parallel with Watergate Street. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys plus cellars. The front to the lowest storey, added late C18 or early C19 is of rusticated stone with moulded plinth, recessed porch to right in moulded basket-arched case with five steps to house (now office) door of 6 fielded panels and shop door, left; shop window with moulded stone surround; cornice. The rebuilt brick front above incorporates three 15-pane flush sashes to the second storey, that at centre in shouldered and eared architrave with a lion bearing a Cross of Lorraine on the face of a raised triple keystone; the sash to each side has a painted stone sill and an acanthus keystone. A substantial cornice at the base of the attic storey is returned at each end; two 4-pane sashes under cambered heads with moulded keystones; the upper cornice carries a low parapet with moulded coping. The west side to Trinity Street is of old brown brick. The first storey has a recessed porch with a half-glazed 4-panel door, a small 9-pane flush sash and 2 replaced tripartite sashes under cambered heads. 3-course brick floor-level bands to the second and third storeys. In the second storey the Venetian stair-window of 4;16;4 panes replaces the blocked openings of a pair of sashes with a pair of circular windows above; there is a small inserted second storey window and a 24-pane flush sash. The upper band is carried over the blocked circular openings. The third storey has a 4-pane sash in a rebuilt opening with cambered head and moulded keystone, and three 12-pane flush sashes; each window is under the gable of one of the four ridges; 3 lateral chimneys, the rearmost being large; a narrow 2-storey rear wing. The rear has 2 visible 16-pane sashes to the second storey and a 16-pane sash and a 12-pane sash to the third storey. INTERIOR: the cellars, in the manner of undercrofts, are ceiled with a pair of long, parallel brick barrel-vaults. The

front chamber at former Row level, now a shop, has a C18 fireplace in its west wall, a former screen of 2 Tuscan columns against its rear wall and a cornice. The stair hall has a basket-arched doorway to the entrance-lobby and to the rear east room which has a panelled dado and a cornice; the rear east room and the front west room (the shop) have doors of 8 fielded panels, the rear west room a door of 6 fielded panels; the lobby door is renewed. The oak open-well stair against the west wall is probably mid C18, with open string displaying shallow overlapping steps, curtail steps, a heavy swept rail on 3 barleysugar-on-vase balusters and a panelled dado; a panelled embrasure to the stair window. The probably original but now secondary stair is diagonally north-east of the main stair, with open well, dado panelling to second storey, dado rail to third storey and probably repaired turned balusters. The second storey has a basket-arched doorway to the rear east room, which also has a basket-arched recess, doors of 8 fielded panels and embrasures with 2 panels under windows. The third storey has doors of 2 and 4 fielded panels and corner chimney-breast. (Chester Rows Research Project: Brown AN & Grenville JC & Turner RC: Watergate Street: Chester: 1988-: 33; Bartholomew City Guides: Harris B: Chester: Edinburgh: 1979-: 104).

Listing NGR: SJ4033966247


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Books and journals
Harris, B, 'Bartholomew City Guides' in Chester, (1979), 104


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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