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Description: Chesters Museum
Date Listed: 24 May 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 239983
OS Grid Reference: NY9116270425
OS Grid Coordinates: 391162, 570425
Latitude/Longitude: 55.0283, -2.1398
NY 9170 (south side)
15/224 Chesters Museum
Museum. Commissioned before 1895 by Nathaniel George Clayton, nephew of John Clayton
who owned the Roman site of Chesters and began the excavations; opened in 1903,
after the deaths of Nathaniel and his son John Bertram, for Mrs Nathaniel George
Clayton by R Norman Shaw. Coarse local sandstone, rock-faced and snecked, with
ashlar dressings. Graduated Lakeland slate roof with long glazed panels, ashlar
stack. 1 tall storey, 5 bays, with 2-bay west wing forming L-plan. Extended
pedimented west porch has segment-headed door of 6 fielded panels in rusticated
architrave, the upper voussoir-like rustications rising to bracketed stone cornice
hood. Cornice continues around porch which has narrow left bay with small window.
Quoins to porch and to all salient angles. Long elevations blank; windows in gable
ends. South end has 2 windows, 1 blocked, and an oculus above. Windows in
rusticated architraves with ovolo-moulded cills, friezes and cornices over; oculus
in architrave. Deeply-overhanging eaves on long oak braces resting on stone corbels;
chimney on gable peak. Eaves overhang even more on long elevations, the outer
edges supported on similar long braces. North gabe end has oculus and 1 window;
west end of wing has oculus, window and door. All openings except the north window
are in architraves and all but the oculi are rusticated. Interior: Entrance lobby
leads to main interior space with hammer-beamed boarded roof; similar roof in wing.
Corner fireplaces at west angles of main room and back-to-back in the L: architraved
openings with swell frieze and cornice, and corniced overmantel block. Good half-
glazed panelled internal doors and 6-panel back door in wing. Corbelled stone shelf,
around 3 outer walls of main room, inserted circa 1905 to hold Roman sculptured
Listing NGR: NY9116270425
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Source: English Heritage
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