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Statutory Address:

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

Stockport (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 85953 89237


SJ 88 NE CHEADLE MANCHESTER ROAD (north-east side)

5/36 Abney Hall 30.6.75

G.V. II*

Large house now school of languages. North-west corner 1847 for A. Orrell, neo-Norman; south and south-east 1849 probably by Travis and Mangnall for James Watt, Tudor- Gothic; south-east corner 1894 by G. F. Armitage of Altrincham. Flemish bond brick with sandstone dressings and slate roof. Large irregular house with 2 storeys plus attics. Heavily enriched neo-Norman entrance portal with elaborate cusped arcade at first floor, neo-Norman niche and coped gable. Wings project slightly on either side and have large mullion and transom windows with arched (left) and cusped (right) lights, enriched band, continuous hoodmoulds, statue niches and pinnacled coped gables. The garden elevation (south), apart from a series of 7 irregular gables has square, triangular and polygonal bay windows, a 2-storey bow window, gargoyles, weather-vanes, numerous elaborate chimney shafts and a 5-bay single-storey addition of 1894 in ashlar with 5 stepped gables, mullion and transom windows and a large central niche. Interior: even more sumptuous, the work carried out by J. G. Crace between 1852 and 1857, much of it to designs by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Heavily carved open-well staircase with arched braces carrying a panelled ceiling. Landing lantern on ribs and tierceron ribs on the Ely octagon pattern. Drawing room with Puginesque richness, panelled pendant ceiling, papier-maché doorcases, white marble chimney piece and chandelier by Hardman. Music room with huge inglenook fireplace and heraldic stained glass of 1894. Generally a Puginian Gothic interior of extaordinary quality executed by Grace who may have been the greatest interior decorator of his day.

Listing NGR: SJ8595389237


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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: 29 Jul 2001
Reference: IOE01/04074/18
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Michael J. A. Smith. Source Historic England Archive
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