6–11 Grosvenor Park Road, Chester

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6–11 Grosvenor Park Road, Chester
Grosvenor Park Road.jpg
Front of the terrace from the southwest
Location Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, England
Coordinates 53°11′29″N 2°52′54″W / 53.1914°N 2.8817°W / 53.1914; -2.8817Coordinates: 53°11′29″N 2°52′54″W / 53.1914°N 2.8817°W / 53.1914; -2.8817
OS grid reference SJ 411 664
Built c. 1879–80
Architect John Douglas
Architectural style(s) Mixed Gothic and vernacular
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 10 January 1972
Reference no. 1375834
6–11 Grosvenor Park Road, Chester is located in Cheshire
6–11 Grosvenor Park Road, Chester
Location in Cheshire

6–11 Grosvenor Park Road is a terrace of houses in Chester, Cheshire, England. The building is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1] It was designed by the Chester architect John Douglas, and the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as "a brilliant group of brick houses".[2]

Location[edit]

The houses stand on the east side of Grosvenor Park Road, Chester. This road leads south to the main entrance of Grosvenor Park. Immediately to the north of the houses is Zion Chapel (originally Grosvenor Park Road Baptist Church), which was also designed by Douglas and built around the same time in a complementary architectural style.[3]

History[edit]

Grosvenor Park had been developed in the 1860s on land given to the city of Chester by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster, who also paid for its design by Edward Kemp. Its entrance lodge had been designed by Douglas.[4] Both the marquess and his successor, the 1st Duke of Westminster, were concerned that the maintenance and improvement of the approach to the park should be carefully handled. A scheme for building houses on the approach had been prepared in 1872, but this was not carried out. Towards the end of the decade, the terrace of houses was built, with Douglas as architect, developer and landlord.[5]

Architecture[edit]

The building consists of six joined houses, each of which is different, with a turret at each end; the left turret is surmounted by a ball finial and that on the right has a weathervane. The terrace is built in Ruabon red brick with terracotta dressings, and plaster panels on the top floor. Each house has three storeys, the top storey of which consists either of a gabled projection from the roof, or in the case of the right hand house, a dormer. The roofs are steeply sloping and made of red-brown clay tiles. The middle four houses have projecting one- or two-storey canted bays containing windows which are either mullioned, or mullioned and transomed. Large ribbed brick chimneys rise from the roof.[1] The architectural style has a mix of Gothic and vernacular elements.[3]

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