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Pareas Hall, Chester

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Paris's Hall; Pares Place; Hawarden's Hall,

In the civil parish of Chester.
In the historic county of Cheshire.
Modern Authority of Cheshire.
1974 county of Cheshire.
Medieval County of Cheshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ40656585
Latitude 53.18650° Longitude -2.88924°

Pareas Hall, Chester has been described as a probable Fortified Town House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

A major stone house within the Row system, occupying the site of 57-71 Lower Bridge Street. In the later C17, Randle Holme, the Chester Herald, noted that: 'This in ancient tyme was a famous structure of ston much like a castle of ffort having an high tower'. (Turner)
Comments

A record of a rare fortified town house. Turner writes 'Large stone town house with high towers are very rare in English medieval cities compared with their ubiquity in contemporary Italy' stating only one other such house known (Pultney's Manor of the Rose). ' an high tower' is a relative term and might just mean a tower of three or four storeys. A less exacting search of fortified town houses of a similar sort would produce records of a dozen or more such houses and certainly Servats Tower, Bucklesbury is another merchants house described as having a stone tower. See the listing of Crenellated Town Houses for a larger overview.
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