Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1138763

Date first listed: 06-Jun-1952



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District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Church Lawton

National Grid Reference: SJ 82312 55619


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7/25 No. 8 (Lawton Hall School)



Country house, now school. Mid C18. Red Flemish bond brick with ashlar dressings and a slate roof with lead flashings. Two and three storeys. Entrance front: of 9 bays symmetrically disposed with asymmetrical wings at either side. Projecting centrepiece of three bays and two storeys with, at centre, a central ashlar door surround with a round-arched doorway which is now blocked and contains a sash window. Moulded band at the level of the springing of the arch and triple keystone to the apex. Demi-columns of Roman Doric form to either side with Doric entablature above and segmental pediment. This stone frontispiece continues at first floor level as an ashlar window surround with sloping shoulders containing a sash window of 3 x 5 sash panes and round-arched head which projects up into the pediment with a band at the level of the springing of the arch and a triple keystone above. To either side at ground floor level the lateral windows have panelled stone surrounds and a round-arched top with projecting keystones. The first floor window surrounds above this are lugged and shouldered. The open pediment has moulded brackets to either side supporting doserettes. To either side of this projecting central portion are three bays of 3 storeys which rise to the same height as the central 3 bays and continue the entablature, projecting portions of which are supported by brackets to the far right and left. To the ground and first floors are windows of 3 x 4 sash panes with wedge lintels carved in simulation of chamfered rustication and having projecting keystones. The second floor has similar windows of 3 x 2 panes. The exception to this arrangement is the stone porchway to the resited hallway of c.1860 which is to the central ground floor bay of the right hand side. This has Roman Doric columns at either side and a flat roof. To either side of these central 9 bays there were originally recessed single bay wings of two storeys with doorways at ground floor level. These have both been extended to form larger wings, that at right being a service wing of 4 bays with a projecting end-pavilion of 2 storeys, the floors divided by an ashlar string course with ashlar cornice and parapet to the top of the wall, and with windows of 3 x 4 panes and the first floor windows of 3 x 3 panes, the pavilion having a Venetian window with a doorway to its centre and a Diocletian window to the first floor. The left hand wing has been extended by one further bay at left and is terminated by a pilaster buttress. To left again and recessed is a late C19 billiard room of 3 bays. To left and right of the central block are chimney stacks of 4 bays with a central stack of 5 flues. Rear: at centre of the central 9 symmetrical bays is a semi-octagonal bay window of 2 storeys height. At the centre is a Venetian window the central light of which has been extended downwards in the early C19 to form a French window. This has Ionic pilasters to either side with a simplified entablature above. To the angles are sash windows of 3 x 5 panes with wedge lintels carved in imitation of chamfered rustication with projecting keystones. To the mezzanine level are three roundels, that at centre having stone blocks to either side which remain uncarved. To the first floor at centre is an arched window and to either side windows of 3 x 2 panes. The 3-bay, 3-storey portions at either side have ground and first floor windows of 3 x 4 sash panes and windows of 3 x 2 panes to the attics, all with wedge-shaped lintels, carved in imitation of chamfered rustication, and projecting keystones. The exceptions to this arrangement are the bays at left of the right hand wing and at right of the right hand wing which both have semi-glazed doors inserted. The service wing at left has 4 similar bays with 4 x 3 sash panes at ground floor level and 3 x 3 sash panes to the first floor. Interior: Original entrance hall has lugged and shouldered picture surrounds of moulded plaster to the walls with Rococo cartouches. Similar cartouches around the arched windows and former doorway. Two lateral doors to each side with richly moulded surrounds and opposite the original entrance a fire surround of wood with demi-columns to the sides with egg and dart capitals and a frieze of modillions with dentils below and square flowers to the metopes. Heavy cornice below ceiling which has richly moulded panels of Rococo plasterwork. The saloon has a fire surround with volutes to either side with female heads. Shouldered surround with egg-and-dart moulding and a grotesque mask to the central projecting keystone. The overmantel has pilasters to the sides with trails of foliage falling from lion masks and lower consoles which are heavily moulded with acanthus leaves. Swan-necked pediment over. Lugged and shouldered door surrounds with ears of corn and swags of foliage with female masks at centre of the overdoors. The cornice has shell motifs. One side of the room has a semi-octagonal bay window with a central Venetian window which has a full entablature. The windows at either side have lugged surrounds. The ceiling has a full cornice and Rococo plasterwork in the manner of Bagucci with heads and cartouches and at the centre an oval frame with an eagle in relief with extending claws. One first floor room has raised and fielded panelling divided by a chair rail and Doric pilasters with cabling to their lower bodies and egg-and-dart moulding to their capitals. Several of the first floor rooms have lugged and shouldered door and fire surrounds with egg and dart moulding. The staircase hall has been altered at ground floor level and the lowest flight turned at right angles and one ground floor room knocked through to make a larger hallway which is lined with pseudo-Jacobean panelling. The staircase is of 4 flights with double vase, balusters, square newels and a heavy moulded and ramped handrail. The ceiling above the stairwell is of Rococo plasterwork with a heavy central boss. Three attic rooms have C17 wooden panelling brought from elsewhere.

Listing NGR: SJ8231255619


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