The Cross

The High Cross, Chester, Cheshire

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Chester High Cross stands in front of St Peter's Church at the junction of Watergate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street, a site known as Chester Cross. The cross is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.

The original cross dated from the 14th century. This cross was replaced by a new one in 1476. It consisted of an octagonal pillar surmounted by a carved head and a crucifix on its top. The cross was gilded in 1603. It was damaged and broken up by the Parliamentarians during the Civil War in 1646. The head was saved and kept in the grounds of Sir John Cotgreave at Nesterleigh. The head and another possible fragments were rediscovered in the 19th century. They were used in a restoration of the cross which was erected near the Newgate in 1949. In 1975 the cross was moved to its present site, near to its original position.

Today Chester High Cross stands at the centre of the city of Chester and is a popular meeting point. During the summer months Chester's town crier makes a midday proclamation from its steps.

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Opening Times

2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)


Road Directions

Follow the signs for the city centre. The High Cross is located where Bridge Street meets Eastgate Street and Watergate Street

Public Transport Directions

Only 2 minutes walk from Chester Town Hall; 20 minutes walk from Chester Railway Station




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