The Beeches / Hartford Beach

12 Aug 2000
The Beeches, 224 Chester Road, Hartford, Vale Royal, Cheshire, CW8 1LW
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Hartford Beach, 226 Chester Road, Hartford, Vale Royal, Cheshire, CW8 1LW
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

HARTFORD C.P. CHESTER ROAD SJ 67 SW (North side) 4/35 No.224 (The Beeches) and no.226 (Hartford Beach) 3/1/1967

- II*

Formerly villa, now 2 houses: 1802 but remodelled 1814-24 by and for Thomas Marshall, salt baron (Pevsner and Hubbard): Small C20 extension. Stuccoed brick, low hipped Welsh slate roof, plastered chimneys. Gothick detailed classical house. 2-storey, originally symmetrical 5-bay north front. End bays of the original house are 2-storey canted bays with broad small-pane sashes with Gothick glazing bars. The windows are divided by colonnette clusters and have a label mould. Below the ground storey and above the top storey are cusped plaster panels. Centre is formed by projecting porch of 3 ogee arches with plaster detailing in the spandrels. Behind is a cross-vaulted roof and 2 Gothick sashes and a 5 panelled decorated door. The porch carries a simple iron balustrade and there are 2 Gothick sashes above with hood moulds. Small extensions to right and rear.

Interior: The interior is richly detailed with Gothick motifs throughout with the exception of the later fireplaces. The mahogany doors are particularly fine.

No.224: entrance in square hall with stone flagged floor. The walls have crocketted niches which are blocked to the side walls by late C19 pastoral oil paintings by J.Machin. Coved ceiling has tracery picked out with gilding. Main room to left has panelled ceiling of geometric patterns and cusped detailing. Behind hall is stairwell with open string staircase with alternate plain and cusped panel iron balusters. Rich ceiling and ogee plaster hoods to the doors upstairs.

No.226: Retains most of its detailing. Main room on garden front has particularly fine doorcase with an ogee hood on colonnettes. Also surviving is an originally outside door which divides two-thirds, one-third with Gothick detailing and furniture.

Listing NGR: SJ6400172645


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1484 IOE Records taken by R G Noxon; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr R.G. Noxon. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Noxon, R.G.

Rights Holder: Noxon, R.G.


Brick, Plaster, Stucco, Welsh Slate, Georgian Villa, Agriculture And Subsistence, Land Use Site, Domestic, House, Dwelling, Monument (By Form)