Welcome to Chester Civic Trust

Preservation & Progress

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Hello and welcome

Chester Civic Trust operates from our headquarters in Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, a wonderful Grade I listed building and perhaps Chester’s best example of a medieval timber building. We continue to be the leading local voluntary organisation influencing the quality of our built environment.

Our individual members are drawn from all walks of life: people who live or work in Chester, and others from further afield who have developed a keen interest in this very special city. Some join to take an active part in our committees and policy-making. Others enjoy receiving our regular newsletters, keeping in touch and attending our lectures, events a

nd trips (both in the UK and abroad). It really doesn’t matter – we like to think we can offer something for everyone.

All YOU need to qualify for membership is to be interested in Chester.

Our Corporate Members welcome the opportunity, through us, to have a voice about the future development of the City.

The trust is a registered charity with no political affiliations. We are recognised by the local authority, Cheshire West and Chester Council as a non-statutory consultee and our independent views are widely respected by local decision makers.


It is our membership that gives us a voice. The more members we have, the louder our voice. All you need to be a member is an interest in our City and its future development.

Local Issues

We monitor and comment upon planning applications submitted for sites within the greater Chester area. For the vast majority we offer valued supporting comments but will be critical where needed and offer suggestions for improvement.


The Civic Trust assists in preserving the past and making it relevant for the future. It supports the organisation of many events including Heritage Open Days offering free, rare, guided access to buildings.


See our Events Page for details of the Winter Lecture Series, Good Bad & Ugly Awards and social events


You can connect with Chester Civic Trust by following us on Twitter @ChesterCivTrust or by liking our Facebook page (search for Chester Civic Trust)