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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1115554



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cheshire West and Chester

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Backford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 20-Dec-1983

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 55390

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SJ 37SE 3/7


Backford Hall


House, now Cheshire County Council Highways and Transportation offices. 1863 by John Cunningham for E.H.Clegg in exuberant Elizabethan Jacobean and Bohemian Rococco styles. On site of 1565 hall. Red brick with diaper work, stone plinth, quoins and dressings, graded slate roofs. In 2 blocks joined by corridor. Hall wing has 2 storeys, attics and cellars. 3 main bays of 7 windows, symmetrically arranged. Central porch with window set back at each side projects from central bay which itself is set forward. Sash windows in shouldered stone surrounds at ground level have Rococco type heads over shell motif and stone apron. Central bay 1st floor windows below shaped gables, alternating with smaller rounded gablets. Jacobean style stone porch has rounded outer arch on tapered pilasters with strap work decoration. Simpler inner arch leading to double doors at left and right. Balcony with pierced stone parapet over porch and adjacent bays which have similarly decorated pilasters at angles. Tall brick stacks at gable and at sides of central bay have multiple stone decorated flues. Moulded stone first floor bands. Crest over windows in side bays. Left hand block, probably service wing, is similar but plainer. 2 storeys, 6 sash windows. One window slightly projecting bay with shaped gable at each side. Multiple flues on stack at gable ends and on ridge. Ground floor obscured by one storey brick wall with stone quoins and coping. One door has surround of alternating quoins. Stone pier at left end has moulded cornice and ball finial. Two wings are joined by 2 storey 2 window corridor. Interior. Hall wing has heavy mouldings. Ground floor doorcases have broken pediments and panelled doors. Open string stair C17th style. Heavily moulded interior to glazed canopy over stair well. Pilasters and piers in hall have strap work decoration. Elaborately moulded and panelled ceilings, friezes and architrave adjoining ground floor rooms, and containing sliding panelled doors. Pevsner & Hubbard; Obit. J Cunningham in The Builder Oct.18th, (1873) p.821.

Listing NGR: SJ 39793 71843

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Hubbard, E, The Buildings of England: Cheshire, (1971)
'The Builder' in 18 October, (1873), 821

National Grid Reference: SJ3979371843


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