St John the Baptist, Chester

Did you know about St John the Baptist, Chester?

An under celebrated yet truly remarkable 17th Century screen and gates survives in the Warburton chapel in the old cathedral of St John the Baptist. This ironwork provides as a very rare example from a time before the influence from France lead to the flowering of the ‘golden age’ of British smithwork at the beginning of the 18th Century. Not only has the ironwork survived, but it is in such a state as to be in as new condition.

A visit was made as part of the NHIG CPD course in May 2014. With little known about this ironwork, delegates pondered upon its past, the massiveness of the components of the screen, the evident difficulty with which they were made, not to mention the design, so wild to our twentieth century eyes.

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