St Oswald's Vicarage, Chester

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St Oswald's Vicarage, Chester
St Oswald's Vicarage, Chester is located in Cheshire
St Oswald's Vicarage, Chester
Location in Cheshire
Location Parkgate Road, Chester, Cheshire, England
Coordinates 53°11′53″N 2°53′45″W / 53.1980°N 2.8958°W / 53.1980; -2.8958Coordinates: 53°11′53″N 2°53′45″W / 53.1980°N 2.8958°W / 53.1980; -2.8958
Built 1880
Architect John Douglas
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 10 January 1972
Reference no. 1375900

St Oswald's Vicarage is on Parkgate Road, Chester, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The vicarage and attached parish room were built to serve the parish of St Oswald and the church of St Thomas of Canterbury in 1880 to a design by John Douglas.[2] The building now houses the English Department of Chester University.[3] This vicarage replaced the former parish vicarages in Parsons Street (now Princess Street) and Leen Lane.[4]


The building is constructed in red-brown brick with Westmorland green slate roofs. Its main front faces northeast. The left wing has two storeys; it protrudes forward with an apsidal end. Its lower storey contains a porch, with steps leading up to an arched door. To the right of this is a two-storeyed section with mullioned and transomed arched windows in the lower storey, and mullioned windows in the upper storey. Between these is a row of rectangular plaster panels. To the right of this is a two-storeyed projection, the upper storey being set back from the lower storey. A stair turret to the right of this has a pyramidal roof with a weather vane. The right bay has two storeys plus an attic gable. On the ground floor is a five-light mullioned and transomed window and above this is a five-light mullioned window. In the gable is a three-light window surrounded by lozenge panels and brick diapering. The parish room on the extreme right has three bays divided by buttresses and contains arched windows.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Old Vicarage and Parish Room to Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Chester (1375900)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 9 April 2015 
  2. ^ Hubbard, Edward (1991), The Work of John Douglas, London: The Victorian Society, ISBN 0-901657-16-6 
  3. ^ English, University of Chester, retrieved 26 November 2009 
  4. ^ A short history of our church by Ian Thomas (Parish Magazine, September 2010)