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© Dr R. A. Brierley

IoE Number: 470073
Location: NUMBER 39 STREET, 30 BRIDGE STREET AND ROW (east side)
  CHESTER, CHESTER, CHESHIRE
Photographer: Dr R. A. Brierley
Date Photographed: 18 January 2005
Date listed: 28 July 1955
Date of last amendment: 06 August 1998
Grade I

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CHESTER CITY (IM) SJ4066SE BRIDGE STREET AND ROW 595-1/4/68 (East side) 28/07/55 No.39 Street (Formerly Listed as: BRIDGE STREET No 39 Street & No 45 Row (formerly listed as No 45A Row)) GV I Part of Roman bath-house, then undercroft of a town house, now a cafe with partly disused cellar beneath. C2, late C13-early C14, altered 1864 and C20. Squared sandstone rubble and painted brickwork. EXTERIOR: the cafe has a street-level floor inserted 1864; with the cellar beneath it comprises a tall medieval undercroft, perhaps a seld or one-product market, as documented elsewhere in Bridge Street. The west cellar wall contains Roman bath-house masonry; the north and east cellar and cafe walls have C12-C13 squared rubble sandstone masonry; an opening through the north wall, towards the east end, leads down 8 steps, now concrete, to the undercroft formerly at rear of No.37 Street (qv), with floor and lower walls of bedrock. Towards the north a rock-cut sump, probably medieval, fed with water, has a timber rail on column-on-vase balusters, probably 1864; some oak beams and joists. A rebated medieval doorway, east, leads to remains of a Roman hypocaust, perhaps restored when found during redevelopment in 1864. There are 27 surviving square, waisted columns in a rectangular chamber formerly containing 4 rows of 8 columns. A large 4-course stone corbel and a smaller corbel to each side in east wall of cafe.

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