The Chace building in Coventry Grade II listed - The Coventry Observer

The Chace building in Coventry Grade II listed

Coventry Editorial 6th Jun, 2023 Updated: 6th Jun, 2023   0

ICONIC Coventry building ‘The Chace’, which was the home of a prominent figure in the city in the 19th century, has been Grade II listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The London Road building, which has been listed on the advice of Historic England, was the home of Dr Charles Webb Iliffe, who was the city coroner and poor law director.

Dr Iliffe died in 1921 aged 77 after being appointed as a Justice of the Peace the year before.

In 1930 the building changed ownership and was converted to become the Chace Hotel.

The building was later extended, although the listing only covers the original structure.

The hotel closed in 2021 and the building’s future use is not yet known.

Historic England Listing Adviser, Emily Sheen-Hutton said: “When it was built, The Chace was a statement of power and wealth at the height of Dr Iliffe’s influence in the city.

“We are not certain who the architect was, but it is possible it’s the work of the local architect Harry Quick.”

Historic England is urging people who hosted or attended events at The Chace to share their memories and images with the National Heritage List for England as part of the Missing Pieces project.

The project aims to use people’s experiences in and information about iconic buildings to help build a better picture of them and enable them to better protect what makes them special.

Visit for more information on the project and how to get involved.


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