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St John the Baptist's Church, Chester

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by Eleanor Healing (subscribe)
I'm a student currently living in Leeds.
Published March 24th 2013
Discovered by a wonderful accident
While taking a tour round a church may not be everybody's cup of tea, St. John the Baptist is an absolutely delightful find. My friend, boyfriend and I were having a day out in Chester and I suggested heading in, as it was a place I'd always passed but never visited.

The Norman arches


The three of us were offered a free tour by a friendly guide. He filled us in on the in-depth history of the church, from its Saxon origins to hidden medieval features like a hidden stairwell in a 12th century arch. The tour was incredibly informative and concise, and revealed so many hidden treasures you would simply miss if you walked around unguided.

A recently exposed 13th century painting


Even if, like myself, you aren't religious, and just adore history and architecture, a quick trip around St. John's is a brilliant addition to your afternoon.
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Why? Chester's original cathedral
When: Open for visitors most days
Phone: 01244 403634
Where: Vicar's Lane/Little St John Street, Chester, England, CH1 1SN
Cost: Free entry
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