The Chester Historic Buildings Preservation Trust Limited (CHBPT) was formed in 1981 with the active support and encouragement of the Chester Civic Trust. CHBPT is a private company, limited by guarantee, and registered as a charity.

Often described as ‘the agents of last resort’, building preservation trusts exist across the country to save listed buildings and local landmarks from terminal decline.

Our remit covers a wide range of properties in various stages of disrepair, but in order to qualify for grants and take advantage of low-interest loans from the Architectural Heritage Fund, the building or structure has to be special and its restoration has to be commercially unviable. In other words, we tend to take on only the desperate cases.

In 2013 the Trust was reformed to cover a wider geographical area as ‘The Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust’ to include Wirral, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington.

Latest News

Update: Winter 2023 & AGM Report

Update: Winter 2023 & AGM Report

We are a vehicle through which historic buildings and places in Cheshire find a new purpose, and in addition to our trustees, our members include: Ian Hesketh  Tom Miller Steven Jardine Jean Evans Matthew Crook Philip Harrison Roger Latham Richard Haworth  ...

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King Charles’ Tower Open!

King Charles’ Tower Open!

Walkers around Chester City Walls will be able to venture into King Charles' Tower, a rare opportunity, during the weekends 9th and 10th, 16th and 17th September, between 10.30am and 4pm. This is the first year King Charles' Tower has opened under a Royal King of the...

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Current Projects

Chester City Walls and Towers

Chester City Walls and Towers

Many of the sites on Chester City Walls are grade I listed as well as a Scheduled Ancient Monument forming one of the most complete city walls in the UK. Key stages to Chester City Walls conservation over the last six years have included major works to Watergate...

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The Flat Shed, Tower Wharf, Chester

The Flat Shed, Tower Wharf, Chester

A Grade II listed boat-building shed which has been on the Buildings at Risk register for nearly 30 years. The Flat Shed is a covered slipway and workshop in which broad beam barges called Mersey ‘flats’ were built and repaired. It dates from 1892/3 and was part of an...

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Barton Stocks, Barton

Barton Stocks, Barton

The Grade II listed stocks at Barton are likely 17th Century, from a time when public spectacle was local and used as a form of discipline. Very few remain in the UK. The stocks need restoring and consist of rectangular uprights of stone grooved for stocks, oak boards...

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