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17th century carving commemorating Chester plague legend up for auction

The house was rebuilt in 1652, named "God's Providence House" Credit: Halls Fine Art

An oak panel commemorating a 'miracle' when plague was ravaging 17th century Cheshire is going under the hammer.

The 400 year old carving came from a house in the city that was "leapfrogged" by Plague - residents in every other house in the street died.

It is estimated to sell for £800 to £1,200. Credit: Halls Fine Art

The house was on Watergate Street in the year 1647, when plague killed around 2000 of the city's 5000-strong population.

The original building was destroyed and rebuilt in 1652.

It was named God's Providence House - and the commemorative panel installed.

The name ‘Gods Providence House’ is thought to have been given to the rebuilt home due to the legend surrounding the building. Credit: Halls Fine Art