A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls of Chester
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. An old Chester joke was "What's the shortest distance between two pints?" The answer, of course, was "The Ring o' Bells and the Grosvenor Park Hotel!"
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 couple of photographs of the earlier building. In common with many of Chester's pubs, it was radically rebuilt in the once-again-fashionable half-timbered style. 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- no.1 Ring O’Bells Entry, Fourgate St, Chester, Cheshire. Ann WILLIAMSON household. William NAYLOR boarder (single) 16 tailor’s porter b. Earlestown, Lancashire.
The old clock remains- in altered form and slightly moved- but all else has changed beyond recognition..
Photographed by the author in 2011
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