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A vision for the future of Chester’s Dee House will be presented to residents at a series of public drop in sessions next month.

Dee House is located in Little John Street, Chester, and is a Grade II listed building. The house is built on the southern part of the site of Chester Amphitheatre.

It was built in about 1730 as a town house for John Comberbach, a former mayor of Chester.

Extensions were made in the 1740s to the south and southwest, giving the house an L-shaped plan. It continued in use as a private residence until about 1850, when it was sold to the Church of England

In the early 1970s the building was used by British Telecom as offices, however it was vacated in the early 1990s and has remained empty since.

The Dee House and Amphitheatre Working Group is inviting the public to the events on Thursday 6th February, 6-8pm, at Storyhouse, and Wednesday 12th February, 1-5pm, in the Palatine Room at Chester Town Hall.

The group has been meeting monthly for the past year to uncover facts about Dee House, and to hear from experts about the historic and archaeological significance of the site as well as how it might best be developed.

At its recent meeting, the group came up with a series of recommendations which outline its vision for the way forward for the city centre site.

Members of the working group will be present at the public events to share their findings to the and answer questions.

Andy Foster, chair of the working group, said: “After carefully considering all the facts from a series of experts on archaeology and historic building conservation, the group has concluded our discussions with a series of recommendations.

“We would like to share our recommendations with the wider community at these events in order to gain their feedback.

“Our final report to the council will include our recommendations and the feedback from the wider community.”

The event on 6th February will include a short presentation by Andy Foster. Please book online via Eventbrite if you wish to attend that presentation.

If you wish to attend the rest of the event there is no need for a ticket.

If you are not available to attend either of the planned events, information about the recommendations will be available online after 6th February.

 

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