Old King's Head Hotel, Chester

The Old King's Head Hotel is a hotel and public house at 48–50 Lower Bridge Street, on the corner of Castle Street, Chester, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1]

Old King's Head Hotel
Old King's Head Hotel, Chester
LocationLower Bridge Street, Chester, Cheshire, England
Coordinates53°11′15″N 2°53′26″W / 53.1874°N 2.8905°W / 53.1874; -2.8905
OS grid referenceSJ 406 660
Builtc. 1208
Built forPeter the Clerk
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated28 July 1955
Reference no.1376307
Old King's Head Hotel, Chester is located in Cheshire
Old King's Head Hotel, Chester
Location in Cheshire



The building was constructed in about 1208.[1] It was the town house for Peter the Clerk, the administrator of Chester Castle.[2] It initially contained a section of the Chester Rows, but these were enclosed during the alterations made between the 15th and early 17th centuries. The latest of these alterations were made for Randle Holme I.[1] Inside the building on the middle floor you can still see evidence of the original Chester rows as the support pillars are still in place. The building was restored in 1935,[1] and again during the 1960s.[2]



It is basically a timber-framed building, part of which has been refaced with yellow sandstone, and with brick that has been painted or rendered. The roofs are slated. The building is in three storeys, of which the upper storey facing Lower Bridge Street is jettied. Both faces have three bays. The three bays on Lower Bridge Street are gabled, as is the middle bay on Castle Street.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "The Old Kings Head Hotel, Chester (1376307)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 October 2011
  2. ^ a b Langtree, Stephen; Comyns, Alan, eds. (2001), 2000 Years of Building: Chester's Architectural Legacy, Chester: Chester Civic Trust, p. 63, ISBN 0-9540152-0-7