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The Vanished Pubs of Chester Gallery
The Ring O' Bells was situated at the end of Foregate Street- no 151- next door to the Grosvenor Park Hotel. It appeared in Cowdroy's Directory in 1789 when the licencee was Simon Hawkins. Its licencee in 1818-20 was Elizabeth Catterall, in 1828 Thomas Bithell, in 1850 Elizabeth Chadwick, in 1857 Mrs E Greenall, in 1880 Joseph M Wright, in 1902 John Walter, in 1914 John Walker, in 1934- apty- Mrs Mary Bell.
It was demolished in the late 1960s to make way for the Inner Ring Road. The site is now occupied by the Grosvenor Court offices and the City Road roundabout. All of these buildings may have gone but the clock seen on the right of the top picture remains in situ at the end of Foregate Street today.
Below we see a photograph of the earlier building. Note the sign for stabling above the entry on the right above another sigh reading 'Ring O' Bells Entry'. This led to residential premises of, we presume, a humble nature- see Ian's letter below. At some point in the late 19th century this building was demolished and replaced with the much more ornate one shown above. Note the side wall and chimney of the neighbouring Grosvenor Park Hotel just visible on the top right of the picture.
In October 2010 reader Ian wrote, "Stumbled across your site tonight - as I was trying to find out where the Ring O Bells pub was located - for in 1891 my ancestors relation was lodging at-
Below: the old clock remains but all else has changed beyond recognition: photographed by the author in 2011
Do you have any information about this pub?
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