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IoE Number: 470341
Photographer: Dr John L. Wishlade
Date Photographed: 14 August 2002
Date listed: 10 January 1972
Date of last amendment: 06 August 1998
Grade II*

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CHESTER CITY (IM) SJ4066SE NORTHGATE STREET AND ROW 595-1/4/283 (West side) 10/01/72 No.25 Street (Formerly Listed as: NORTHGATE STREET (West side) No 25 Row) GV II* Undercroft, shop and restaurant, formerly the Woolpack Inn. Medieval undercroft possibly of Roman origin, the Row and upper storeys rebuilt, probably in 1903, by John Douglas senior partner of Douglas and Minshull and modified c1914 to design of 1909 by James Strong. Sandstone, timber frame with plaster panels; roof of small green slates. EXTERIOR: undercroft, now cellar, and 3 storeys. The Row storey 2 steps above pavement level has a timber archway on jowled posts. Brackets carry the jettied second storey which has a moulded beam below a row of ornate panels under a full-width window of 3 casements, each with 2 shaped mullions, 2 transoms, leaded glazing and carved pilasters to corners and between casements carrying 4 brackets to support the moulded third storey jetty-beam. The third storey has a 6-light mullioned casement, ornate plaster panels and 4 colonnettes beneath tall shaped brackets to the coved jetty of the front gable which has quatrefoil panels in diagonal framing; bargeboards. The rear is of no special interest. INTERIOR: the long narrow cellar undercroft of sandstone is largely medieval, but may have Roman, or reused Roman, stones immediately above the bedrock at the east end of the north wall. The surfaces of the Row and second and third storeys, are largely covered and no feature of special historic interest is visible. Nos 5-31 (odd) are collectively known as `Saddler's Row' and were previously listed as Row numbers. (Improvement Committee Minutes: Chester City Council: 1902-1914; Chester Rows Research Project: Harris R: Northgate Street: 1989-).

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