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Newcastle-under-Lyme (District Authority)
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SJ 81812 44720



6/35 The Clock House


Former stable block and coach house, now part of university music department (west half) and Vice-Chancellor's residence (east half). C.1830, with later additions and alterations. By Edward Blore for Ralph Sneyd. Red brick with blue bricks set in diaper patterns, rock-faced sandstone plinth and quoins with ashlar to gates and dressings throughout; plain tiled roofs with coped verges on stone kneelers, tall brick lateral and ridge stacks. 4 equal ranges around a central paved courtyard with gates on the north and south; mixed Tudor and early Renaissance style. One storey to north and south (plus attic to south) and 2 storeys to east and west (formerly the coachman's and head gardener's accommodation respectively). South side: entrance front. 6 bays internally; shaped gabled eaves dormers and wide round-arched doorways (now bricked up) with raised keystones and double doors, 3 to each side of central carriageway. Externally the fenestration has been altered, the 3 tall rectangular slits to the left of the entrance are blocked and 2 mid-C20 casements inserted above; to the right of the entrance, 2 flat-roofed eaves dormers and a French window beneath (all mid-C20). Original fenestration, however, survives to the shaped gables at each end: 2 cross windows to ground floor with 2-light mullion window above, all with dripstones, oculi to top. The entrance is the dominant feature; a wide round-headed arch under flat head with panelled spandrels, flanked by polygonal corner turrets; above is a clock house with armorial shields beneath the eaves of a stone pyramidal roof capped by an octagonal round-arched bell turret (bell now missing), with stone cupola; clock in ornamental stone surround (north side). Other sides plainer; much altered fenestration, again originally mullioned and transomed windows, a few of which retain their C19 glazing; the north side has a central entrance, similar to that on south, but with scrolled cresting to centre and spur stones to outer arch. The prominent early C20 and mid-C20 additions to the east and west are not included. An avenue of trees leads from the south entrance to Lymes Lodge (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SJ8181244720


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Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 38 Staffordshire,


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 31 Dec 2001
Reference: IOE01/04623/10
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Clive Shenton. Source Historic England Archive
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