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List entry Summary

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

Name: CHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL

List entry Number: 1375741

Location

CHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL, CHEYNEY ROAD

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

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire West and ChesterUnitary Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 10-Jan-1972

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Jul-1998

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 469720

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History

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Details

CHESTER CITY (EM)

SJ46NW CHENEY ROAD 1932-1/2/43 (North side) 10/01/72 Chester College Chapel (Formerly listed as: PARKGATE ROAD Chester College Chapel)

GV II*

College chapel. 1844-7. By JE Gregan of Manchester. Coursed red sandstone; graded Westmorland green slate roof. Geometrical style. A hall-chapel with south-west bell-turret and north and south porches. EXTERIOR: the west end has side of north porch with shoulder-arched occasional door; chapel has a 4-light window with tracery of 2 quatrefoils supporting a sexfoil; a trefoil in gable; cross finial; slender octagonal turret with loops to spiral stair and arched bell-opening in each face beneath a heavily crocketed spire. The south side of chapel has gabled porch in west bay with oak double doors on ornate hinges; shafts with stiff-leaf capitals; hoodmould to archway on head-corbels; diagonal buttresses; apex cross. The 5 bays to east have 2-light windows. The east end has a 5-light geometrical window; gable corss. The 2 east bays of the north side are detailed as south side; the college building adjoins the other bays, with the linking north porch to the west bay. INTERIOR: Chester was the earliest Church of England College for training schoolteachers; the students played an active part in making the chapel furnishings which are well designed and executed, including the east window. The stalls face each other; oak dado of traceried panelling with rail inscribed: "Cleanse me from my sin: Sing ye praises with understanding: Father into Thy hands I commend my spirit: At Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore: I am the Bread: I will wash my hands in innocency O LORD and so will I go to thine Altar: I am the Vine: there is laid up for me a Crown of righteousness: Lord Jesus receive my spirit: Have mercy upon me Lord for I am weak: strengthen me with Thy free spirit: Make me a clean heart O GOD." A tiered west gallery reached by the turret stair has a carved open-work front. The chapel has an encaustic tile floor; a traceried 3-gabled organ-case 1856 by Rev. TN Hutchinson; memorial head in circlet of Rev. Arthur Rigg, Principal for 30 years since inception of the College in 1839, by JS Westmacott; similar head of Dean Bellers 1854-1925, Diocesan Chancellor, plaque to Rev. JM Critchley, Vice Principal 1864-9 and Principal 1869-85; memorial to students killed in action 1914-19. On south side of gallery an oil painting after Reni of Michael casting out Satan and, north, after Rubens of the Deposition, given by the first Duke of Westminster 1883.

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National Grid Reference: SJ 40212 67244

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