Overleigh Gallery 9

A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester

Some Notable Memorials in the Overleigh Cemetery

Overleigh Gallery 11

Lying almost lost amidst a tangle of undergrowth, here is the humble grave of the incredibly prolific Chester architect John Douglas (11/4/1830 - 23/5/1911). He was responsible for many impressive buildings in and around Chester including the beautiful terrace in St. Werburgh Street (financed, designed and built by himself as a speculative venture), the grand row of houses in Bath Street, the City Baths, the Lodge and other features in Grosvenor Park, St. Paul's Church, Boughton, his own home- the vast Walmoor House ("Douglas' Folly") at Dee Banks and, probably most famous of all, the Eastgate Clock.

In addition, he added the clock tower and new porch to the venerable St. John's Church after the disastrous collapse of the West Tower in 1881and designed enormous numbers of houses, farms, churches and other structures throughout Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales- and as far afield as Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. Nikolas Pevsner described him, without qualification, as "the best Cheshire architect". Learn more of his life and view a list of his many works here.

A plaque commemorating Douglas and his work in St. Werburgh Street.

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