Monday, 11 June 2018

Browns of Chester

Established in the reign of King George III by Susannah Brown, Browns of Chester has traded continuously from this site since 1791.  It was once known as 'The Harrods of the North' and is now part of the Debenhams chain.

Major rebuilding was carried out by the Brown family in the mid-nineteenth century with the frontage incorporating Georgian (finished 1828), Gothic and Tudor style facades (completed in 1858).  There is a magnificent domed window inside.

The Gothic building (known as the Crypt Building) incorporates a 12th century undercroft.

The beautifulTudor frontage has a couple of quaint gargoyles.


  1. Shopping "malls" do not necessarily have to be ugly monsters of concrete, steel and glass, as this goes to show!
    I've not heard of Browns before, but then of course I have never been to Chester.

  2. I enjoy your posts about Chester. It reminds me some things I saw when I visited that city... and the things I didn't! I did see the gargoyles, though :D

  3. There's just so much tradition in such a well established place, it appeals to me much more than many "modern" shops.

  4. Is there such a thing as a non-quaint gargoyle?? (lol)


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