Part of Chester's centuries-old Commonhall Street has stepped
back in time with the instillation of cobbles and granite.
The street is named after the Common Hall of Pleas which was
built in the 13th century. Its work moved to St Nicholas Chapel in
the 16th century, but the name has remained.
Led by Chester Renaissance in partnership with Cheshire West and
Chester Council, the scheme is part of a long term vision to create
a vibrant 'artisan quarter' in the city centre street, identified
in the One City Plan as a priority for development.
The proposal would see the area become a hub for small and
starter businesses and a cultural living quarter.
Councillor Herbert Manley, Executive Member for Prosperity,
said: "The plan has involved reconstructing Commonhall Street back
to its original design.
"Old photographic images from the 1920s and a famous painting by
artist Louise Rayner created in the 1880s provided the design
"The entrance to Commonhall Street from Bridge Street is now
extremely pleasing and welcomed by local businesses."
Rita Waters, Chief Executive of Chester Renaissance, said: "We
are delighted that, following discussions with traders and
businesses, these improvement works to the entrance of Commonhall
Street will enhance the area and we hope will contribute positively
to the trading environment of the area."
Cheshire West and Chester Council's Landscape Architect John
Seiler has utilised existing kerbs and granite slabs, or wheelers,
and new materials include British Yorkstone setts, Yorkstone paving
and some additional granite slabs.
Timber heritage bollards have been put in place and Chester
artist Neil Glendinning is incorporating the crests of Trade Guilds
of the once Common Hall onto the bollards over the next six weeks.
The six guilds, in order of precedence were Tanners, Bakers and
Brewers, Barber-Surgeons, Merchant Drapers, Butchers and
Renowned designer Nick Munro, who has a studio in Commonhall
Street, said: "The project is fantastic.
"It transforms a back alley into a real gateway to new business,
culture and shopping activities and is a very intelligent 'spend'
by the Council of an amount of money that gives the city the 'big
bang for the buck'."
Chester's Commonhall Street after the works have been