Chester pub opening up to reveal Great War memorabilia


Neil Bellis

CHESTER’S last unspoilt Victorian pub dedicated to the Great War is opening its doors for Heritage Open Days.

Built in the late 19th century, The Albion houses many items of memorabilia in the bar area including a 1928 Pianola Steck, which can be played on request.

Licensee Mike Mercer is just one of the many volunteers opening their properties for Heritage Open Days.

He’ll conduct tours of the building on Saturday, September 13, at 3pm and 4.30pm. Booking is essential.

Mike said: “This isn’t the first time the Albion has been included in Heritage Open Days, however, as this year we are commemorating the Great War, it felt particularly appropriate to share the building with visitors.”

Heritage Open Days is an annual event running over four days from Thursday to Sunday, September 11-14.

It offers free access to a wide range of attractive and historically important buildings and sites throughout West Cheshire.

This is an opportunity to discover ‘hidden’ buildings and to find out what is behind their front doors. Many of the buildings are not open to the public, except during this celebratory weekend.

The programme including over 60 buildings, tours and guided walks is produced by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with the Chester Civic Trust.

Cllr Hilarie McNae, champion for historical environment, said: “This is the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days.

“Each year we have seen more and more people coming to see our wealth of buildings and share the enthusiasm of their owners.

“Pick up one of our booklets to help plan your visit. There is a free ‘children’s passport’ quiz available from the Grosvenor Museum and the Visitor Information Centre now, or from Bishop Lloyd’s Palace over the weekend.”

The booklet is available from Chester Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, the Grosvenor Museum, History and Heritage in St Michael’s Church, and local branch libraries. It’s also online at

Heritage Open Days is sponsored by English Heritage nationally.

It relies on local voluntary societies, building owners and volunteers who are happy to welcome the public to drop in and look around a selection of Britain’s stunning architectural heritage.

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