Chester Civic Trust is the leading local voluntary organisation influencing the quality of Chester’s built environment. We are based in Bishop Lloyd’s Palace on Watergate Row, a Grade 1 listed building and the city’s finest example of a medieval timber building. The Trust’s membership is around 380 individual members plus 12 corporate members.

Bishop Lloyd's Palace

At the Trust’s Executive Meeting held on the 10th March, members enthusiastically  welcomed the proposal contained in the Draft Integrated Risk Management Plan to reinstate the second whole time fire engine at the new Fire Station in Newtown.


Chester has over 650 listed buildings and the Trust had been concerned for some time that a single appliance is inadequate for the protection of the the historic core of the city. The timber framed buildings and the world famous Rows are particularly vulnerable. A further justification for the reinstatement of the second engine in Chester is the growth of residential use of the upper floors in the city centre and the volume of high density accommodation like the student housing developments over recent years.

Chester Civic Trust strongly endorses the recommendation to reinstate a second whole time fire engine at the Fire Station in Newtown.

From:  Linda Parr

Major Developments Project Officer

Cheshire West and Chester Council

In view of the government’s announcements regarding Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel our drop-in Northgate Project information event on 25 March at Chester Town Hall.

Please see the attached newsletter which covers the latest news on the project and the highways works while we build the new drainage tunnel for the city centre.

We will hold another information event once safe to do so, in the meantime we will post updates on our website and via the media.

Northgate Newsletter March 2020 vfinal 3

Thank you for your interest in the Northgate project.



Chester Civic Trust announce winners of 2020 ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ awards

The Chester Civic Trust which celebrates its Diamond Jubilee this year, has given its verdict on the best examples of new development, renovation of existing buildings and community projects in its annual Good, Bad and Ugly awards for the City.  Now in its 14th year, the awards highlight Chester’s buildings, places, spaces and projects in an alternative ‘New Year Honours list’.Nick Clarke, chairman of the judging panel and Partner at law firm Aaron and Partners, said: “These annual awards are based on nominations from our members. They aim to recognise the best changes to the Chester scene in the past year. We hope they will encourage higher standards of design and maintenance in our public realm.”  Read More:

Winners of 2020 ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ awards

A monograph produced by Cyril Morris (one of our Vice Presidents in advance of the ‘Four Towns’ conference held in Chichester last October.
50th Anniversary Historic Towns Studies V4

PLEASE NOTE This lecture is cancelled due to  Coronavirus restrictions. We hope to reschedule foe later in the year.

FRANCIS PRYOR, One of Britain’s most distinguished living archaeologists and a former President of the Council for British Archaeology, Francis has spent 40 years studying the prehistory of the Fens. He was the lead excavator of the Bronze Age village at Flag Fen. A prolific author, Francis has written many highly acclaimed books including the’Birth of Modern Britain’ and the recent, ‘The Fens’, that was serialised as a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’

Lectures are held on Wednesday evenings at 1930 in the Grosvenor Museum lecture Theatre.

Lectures are free to members of Chester Civic Trust and guests are welcome: £5 on the door.



Chester Civic Trust Diamond Jubilee

Chester Civic Trust is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in 2020.

Eastgate Clock

The inaugural meeting of Chester Civic Trust was held on the 7th January 1960 in the Blossoms Hotel. A group of concerned local residents had held a series of informal meetings during 1959 to discuss the major changes that were proposed for Chester. These included the construction of the Inner Ring Road, the demolition of the 1862 Market Hall, the development of the Grosvenor Precinct and the disrepair of many historic buildings in Lower Bridge Street and King Street.

The immediate catalysts for setting up a civic amenity society in Chester were two particular proposals by the City Council. The first was to approve plans to demolish the 15th century Bluebell Inn in order to widen Northgate Street and the second was to support the proposal for an eight-storey office building on Frodsham Street that would obscure views of the Cathedral and the City Walls.

In 1960 the nascent Civic Trust successfully campaigned and harnessed public opinion against both proposals.  This eventually led to the City Council abandoning the plans. Over the ensuing 60 years, the Trust has continued to be an influential voice in Chester, lobbying for high standards of design in new developments, the protection of both the natural and built environment and the preservation and sympathetic re-use of historic buildings.