Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, inspired by Louise Rayner

Louise Rayner

Bishop Lloyd’s Palace

Bishop’s Lloyd’s Palace, inspired by Louise Rayner’s paintings of Chester from the 1800s but painted as is it now. One of a series of paintings where Julie has been recreating the same views, using similar angles and artistic license. This has been a very interesting project to understand how Louise Rayner altered the position of buildings to improve the composition, a tradition practised by many artists such as Turner.

Our gallery is situated on Watergate Row, just to the right of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace.

  • Original painting now framed in the gallery
  • Framed limited edition Fine Art giclee prints also available (edition of 75)

Visit the gallery or contact us to reserve, order or enquire about this and other paintings in the series.

Louise Rayner painted this view of Watergate Street several times, each one populated by different people and capturing a different atmosphere. Julie Colclough’s paintings in this series also capture local people and present day residents of the Rows.

One of Louise Rayner’s Watergate Street paintings was sold by Bonham’s with the following interesting notes:

LOUISE J. RAYNER (BRITISH, 1832-1924)’Watergate Street, Chester, looking east towards the Cross. The Eastgate in the distance and Bishop Lloyd’s House on the right’
signed ‘Louise Rayner’ (lower left)

  • The richly carved wooden facade of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace is one of the jewels of the Rows of Chester. The panels are carved with scenes from the Bible, and are a striking continuation of the medieval practice of decorating buildings and their furnishings with a mass of gargoyles, statuary and decorative foliage and beasties. The date of 1615 is carved into one of the panels. The painting shows the palace prior to its restoration fo 1899-1900 by Thomas Meakin Lockwood, when the Georgian sash window were replaced by the present leaded lights.


It is possible to visit Bishop Lloyd’s Palace during Heritage Open Days. Our building shares some similar architectural features inside and we wish we could learn more about the builders and carpenters who worked here centuries ago.

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More paintings from our ‘Chester Collection’:
Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral
59 Watergate Row South, Chester
Julie Colclough Gallery, 59 Watergate Row South, Chester
Chester Groves Bandstand
Chester Groves Bandstand
Chester Eastgate Clock on city walls
Chester Eastgate Clock