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Brief description of site

The house, lawn, tennis court, and wooded grotto remain, but the walled gardens, extensive shrubbery borders, parkland etc have all been lost. The surrounding estate and new buildings are used for military purposes.

Brief history of site

There was a manor of Moston in the 13th century with the abbots of St Werburgh claiming various privileges there. After the dissolution of the monasteries the estate became the property of John Morgell, registrar of the diocese of Chester, who is said to have built the original Moston Hall. This was replaced by a new house after 1789 when the estate passed into the ownership of Richard Massey, and the gardens developed. In 1937 it was taken over by the then War Department and remains MoD property.

Location information:

Address: The Dale Barracks, Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 4BD

Locality: Chester

Local Authorities:

Cheshire West and Chester; Moston

Historical County: Cheshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 117 Grid Ref: SJ401703
Latitude: 53.2263 Longitude: -2.8987

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Context or principal building: country house

Plant type/environment: woodland garden

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1790 to 1800

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 38

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