Room Hire at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace

  1. Room Hire at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.
  2. Rooms and Facilities at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.
  3. Bookings Calendar at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.
  4. Room Hire E-Booking Application Form.
  5. Payments to Chester Civic Trust.
  6. Photographs of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.

1. Read this information including the Terms and Conditions.
2. Check room availability on the Bookings Calendar at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.
3. Fill in and submit the Room Hire E-Booking Application Form.
. On receipt of confirmation from Chester Civic Trust of your requested booking
make your payment as described at Payments to Chester Civic Trust.

Bishop Loyd's PalaceBishop Lloyd’s Palace is an early 17th Century timber framed building in the historic heart of Chester It is listed Grade 1 and has fine carvings on the gable elevations and at Row level. The interior includes a magnificent period piece fireplace and high decorated plaster ceilings.


Bishop Lloyd’s Palace is open to visitors free of charge from noon to 2 pm (Monday to Thursday) and from 1 pm to 3 pm on the first Saturday of every month.

View of Room 1 from doorway

View of Room 1 from doorway

Viewing at other times by individuals and groups can be made by special arrangement. This is subject to the meeting rooms not being occupied.
See the Bookings Calendar by clicking on the link above.

Available for hire: Bishop Lloyd’s Palace has two large meeting rooms which are available to groups or individuals at modest rates for a wide range of activities: educational classes, public meetings, club and society activities, social gatherings daytime or evening. If you wish to hire one or both of the rooms please go to Bookings Calendar at Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.

If you wish to discuss making a visit, contact:
Hon. Secretary
Chester Civic Trust
Bishop Lloyd’s Palace
51/53 Watergate Row
Tel: 01244 318415

History of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.
One of the finest examples of timber framing in Chester: the Palace was originally two town houses built over medieval undercrofts. Rebuilt in the early seventeenth century, the two houses may have become one at this time or, possibly, later in the seventeenth century when major internal alterations took place.

The right hand side (when facing the building from the pavement) is dated 1615 and is one of the best examples of timber framing in Chester. It is thought to have been associated with George Lloyd, Bishop of Sodor and Man (1599 – 1605) and Bishop of Chester (1605 –1615). Bishop Lloyd died in 1615, so if the date of inscription is correct, he may have lived there only briefly, if at all!

The front gable displays an abundance of seventeenth century carving including the Legs of Man (for the bishopric), three horses heads (for the Lloyd family) and the arm of James I (1603-1625). There are also biblical scenes and heraldic beasts (including an elephant and castle).

The building was heavily restored by T M Lockwood in the 1890’s, and both the internal and external appearance owe much to his work. The left hand side was refronted to reflect the composition of the other gable. The mullioned windows with decorative leaded glazing date from this time.