St Olave's Church, Chester

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St Olave's Church, Chester
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St Olave's Church, Chester, seen from the west
St Olave's Church, Chester is located in Cheshire
St Olave's Church, Chester
St Olave's Church, Chester
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°11′14″N 2°53′24″W / 53.1873°N 2.8899°W / 53.1873; -2.8899
OS grid reference SJ 406 660
Location Lower Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Dedication Saint Olave
Status Parish church
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 28 July 1955
Architect(s) James Harrison (restoration)
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs

St Olave's Church is a redundant Anglican parish church located in Lower Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The church was founded in the 11th century.[2] Its dedication is to Saint Olave, a Norwegian king. At the time that the church was founded, the area around Lower Bridge Street was largely occupied by Scandinavians, and it is thought that this is the reason for the dedication.[3] The present church building dates from 1611. In 1841 the parish of St Olave's was united with that of St Michael's, and the church closed.[4] The building was restored in 1849 by James Harrison and converted into use as a school.[2] It was declared redundant by the Church of England on 3 October 1972.[5] It has since been used as the Chester Revival Centre, a Pentecostal church,[6] and as an exhibition centre.[1]


Constructed in red sandstone with grey slate roofs, the church has a simple rectangular plan. On the west front is the entrance door, above which is a three-light window, and a bellcote on the gable. Along the sides of the church are rectangular windows. The interior is also simple, with plastered walls that lean outward. Ten steps lead up to the west entrance from St Olave's Street to the north of the church. In front of the church is a wall that originally supported a building in front of the church. The wall and its wrought iron railings are included in the listing.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "St Olaves Exhibition Centre including forecourt walls and railings, Chester (1376319)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 21 February 2012 
  2. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 243, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  3. ^ Ward, Simon (2009), Chester: A History, Chichester: Phillimore, p. 28, ISBN 978-1-86077-499-7 
  4. ^ St Olave, Chester - Church of England, GENUKI, retrieved 21 February 2012 
  5. ^ Diocese of Chester: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 2, retrieved 21 February 2012 
  6. ^ Chester Revival Centre, Eden Interactive, retrieved 21 February 2012