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Chester Rows and city centre buildings


Chester is an ancient city whose story can be traced back to Roman times. The whole of the city centre has been 

designated as a Conservation Area to protect its character and appearance. The city has also been identified as an Area of Archaeological Importance to protect its archaeological remains.

Many buildings are also statutorily listed to further protect their character.

Help moving your business to the city

For businesses moving into Chester city centre and the Rows in particular, help and advice is available to inform and assist your business with issues concerning the use and management of the historic buildings.

Identifying the status of a building

The Cheshire Historic Environment Record and the online mapping system identify the status of a building and whether it is statutorily protected. 

Identify building status

The Rows Conservation Management Plan

This plan is currently in production and will provide specific guidance to building owners and occupiers.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Conservation team are happy to provide help and specialist guidance:

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