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.
Lockwood also altered the Row running through both sections of the building and repositioned the Row posts supporting the chambers above.
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