The Guild Hall – Heritage Open Days

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Revamping an historical building on Watergate Street

The Guildhall, formerly The Holy Trinity Church,

is a former church in Watergate Street.

It is designated by English Heritage  as a Grade II listed building. The church closed in 1960, became known as the Guildhall, and was converted to be used for secular purposes.

Until the end of 2011 The Chester Freeman and Guilds had a lease on the Guildhall. It was their base for more than half a century.

Running the 18th century building is Chester businesswoman Tara Jade.

Since taking over the management of the Guild Hall Tara has done major renovations and redecorating of the space.

It looks amazing and inviting!

The Freemen and Guilds will continue to use the Guildhall for their functions and meetings.

The building, according the Chester History and Heritage Centre, was first recorded in 1188. It underwent several alterations in the 17th and 18th centuries and in 1811, on the advice of architect Thomas Harrison the spire was dismantled. The whole building was virtually rebuilt in the 1860s.

The church was de-consecrated in the early 1960s when the parish of Holy Trinity Church transferred to the new church in Blacon. The Freemen and Guilds of Chester ran the Guildhall from then until the end of October 2011.

This historical building and premises has been brought back to life by Tara and her team. They hire out for private functions and also to the general public.

A knight’s tomb has recently been unveiled in the Knight’s Bar. A cozy and elegant place to stop in for a drink while soaking up the history of the building. Described by one patron as having the feel of a manor house and 5 star hotel but both relaxed and inviting at the same time.

The outside area has been done up lovingly with greenery and garden style seating accompanied by beautiful lighting. A true gem. The list of events is to be announced..

On most weekends there is a DJ in the main hall and tunes playing in the bar area as well.

The venue is host to other events as well. Craft fairs take place regularly for example.. with the next to be announced.

Stop by for a visit if you are on Watergate Street. This venue brings Chester’s history to life – which can be enjoyed with a coffee, glass of wine, a cocktail or a Knights Beer!

Watch this space for more information on upcoming events at The Guild Hall Chester.

The Guild Hall will be also open for public viewing during the HERITAGE OPEN  DAYS from September 11-14 , 2014 free entry will be offered to many buildings in Chester of historical value. Please see the web site for more info..

http://www.heritageopendayschester.com

Contact the Guild Hall directly through: Tel. 01244 320431    guildhallchester@gmail.com

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