Former Church of St Paul Boughton, Chester

A former parish church built between 1876 and 1902-5 by famed architect John Douglas. This was Douglas’s own parish church and he designed its internal decoration, probably in 1902. It illustrates his mastery of timber framing and spatial articulation on a grand scale. Considered by Pevsner to be the boldest of Douglas’s church designs. Amongst his Germanic buildings it comes nearest to a Rhineland setting, seen from the liturgical east across the Dee, crowning a picturesque group of buildings on steeply rising ground.

The roof is leaking, water ingress is damaging the structure and the splendid, prominent building, one of the finest examples of work in its era, is needing a new, sustainable purpose.