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Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 33746 72054



3/31 Shotwick Hall.



Manor house: dated 1662, for Joseph and Elizabeth Hockenhull with some late C20 internal alterations. English bond orange brick with flush red sandstone quoins. Welsh slate roof and 2 massive lateral brick chimneys to crossings. E-plan. 2-storey and attic symmetrical 5-bay front. Dentil brick band at 1st floor and plain band at 2nd floor rising to form hood moulds over the windows. End bays project under brick-coped gables with stone kneelers and finials. C20 3-light wooden mullioned and transomed windows with applied lead glazing in partly blocked original openings with brick basket-arched heads. Projecting central 2-storey porch with stepped stone-coped gable. Moulded wooden doorcase with filled spandrels and a pendant below brick basket-arched head with raised imposts and keyblock. Similar doorcase behind contains original oak board door with iron strap hinges. 2-light window above and similar 3-light mullioned and transomed windows in bays to either side. Interior: entry into small hall with 2 doors to either side. 3 have spandrels with diamond detail, pendant and imposts. 2 contain original 2-board doors with strap hinges, 1 has a moulded and stopped doorcase. Oak open well Jacobean staircase, with pierced flat balusters, moulded handrail, and decorated square newels now missing the finials. Strapwork border on the open string. Plaster ceilings under the staircase have moulded frieze, and fleur-de-lys and plaques of lions. Room to right is the parlour with a decorative plaster panel above a recent corner fireplace. This has the initials and arms of the builders and the date. Room to rear has a blocked corner fireplace with moulded stone mantel surviving. Room to left of hall has large open fireplace and chamfered and stopped ceiling beam. Identical layout at 1st floor with small oratory over the porch and 6-panelled doors with reeded rails.

This house as Grenville Grange is central to the Victorian novel 'God's Providence House' by Mrs G Linnaeus Banks, where there is a ghost and murder in the cheese room.

Listing NGR: SJ3374672054


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Linnaeus Banks, Mrs G, Gods Providence House


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: 28 Oct 2002
Reference: IOE01/06042/16
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Allan Vincent Pullin. Source Historic England Archive
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