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Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
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Tirley Garth and entrance courtyard walls II*


Large house now training centre: 1906-c1914 by C E Mallows for Mr Lees-Smith then for Bruno Mond both of Brunner Mond, completed from 1912 for R A Prestwich of Burberrys. Pebble-dashed brick with buff sandstone dressings, York stone-slate roof, tall pebble-dashed chimneys. Neo-Vernacular style with Elizabethan flavour. Courtyard plan. 3-storey symmetrical 5-bay south garden front. Rough stone plinth, flush quoins and copings of the 5 triangular gables. Central bay has a bold semi-circular projection through 2 storeys with an 11-light mullioned and triple-transomed window to great hall. Above is a 5-light mullioned window and blocked oval light in the gable. These are flanked by canted projections carrying pairs of tall diamond stacks. End bays have canted 2-storey projections with mullioned and transomed windows. 4-light mullioned windows above. 2nd bay has recessed porch behind a screen of 2 fluted octagonal columns, carrying a corbel table. Recessed mullioned and twin-transomed window with moulded segmental head and 5-light mullioned window above. 4th bay is similar except for a window where the entrance is. 2 and 3-storey, 8-bay west entrance front. Entrance at centre under a broad moulded segmental arch is approached by 3 steps and contains a door with small-pane glazing. 5-light window with label mould above. To either side are 2-storey canted projections with similar windows. To right in 6th bay is a tall flush staircase tower with flat top. 5-light mullioned and transomed windows and arrow slits in slightly taller left hand portion. 3-storey portion at right end, and left end bay is garage with wooden doors, stepping forward under hipped roof. 2 and 3-storey, 9-bay east front. Main part projects forward under steep roof, and has lines of mullioned and mullioned and transomed windows. A segmental headed window is in a hipped half-dormer and there are 3 hipped dormers with stone-slate hanging. Right end 2 bays step forward under gables and have recent wooden windows. Courtyard has cloister arcade on all 4 sides. These are of 3 segmental moulded arches, the central one wider, the lower wall broken by a shallow flight of segmental steps. At the centre of the courtyard is a sunken circular pool with lead statue at the middle. Cloister carries a balcony with coped parapet except for 2-storey, 5-gabled south side. North side has similar partly glazed arcade behind. Good lead rainwater heads throughout. Interior: entry from cloister into main south range. This has a passage along each floor with rooms to one side. Ground floor has small square entrance hall under plaster dome, and with stone niches. To right is open well oak staircase with turned baluster and square newels carrying up as piers. Stairwell wainscotted throughout. Passage to left of stone arches, wainscotted between. On the right hand the sitting room has white painted bolection moulded and fielded panelling, with recessed fireplace flanked by pairs of fluted pilasters. Early-mid C18 style ceiling. At the centre is the great hall open to 2 storeys. Pair of 2 large rectangular trusses with added angle braces carry flat ceiling. Tall moulded segmental arch to bay window. Similar smaller arches to inglenook fireplace and openings to either side. Gallery on 3 sides has network of turned balusters, strapwork details to panels and newels. Over the fireplace it is carried on stone corbels, one an atlante; opposite it is carried on wooden piers to form a dias canopy. Hidden stair from bay to gallery. The Blue Room, a former study has a barrel vaulted ceiling, plank and muntin panelling, and a simple oak chimney breast. Left end room formerly dining room has bolection moulded polished marble fireplace. At 1st floor, passage is timber framed with barrel vault on heavy wooden trusses. Wood-mullioned windows to great hall. Small anterooms at each end give access to main bedrooms and dressing rooms. Pegged oak architrave and 2-panelled oak doors, simple fittings inside. Top flight of stairs has minor stone staircase, with little stone balcony, leading to roof. Top floor passage has pairs of cupboards alternating with dormer windows, and a line of oak doors opposite. Access to rooms in other ranges also from passages. These have oak doors and simple tiled fireplaces, except for former billiard room at north-west corner. It has a plaster dome and bolection moulded panelling, and panelled recesses to the windows.

The pebble-dashed walls and gatepiers with ball finials around the entrance courtyard and the adjoining entrance to the garage and its stone revetment wall to the rear of the house are included in the item.

Listing NGR: SJ 54545 66250


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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: 28 Sep 2001
Reference: IOE01/05377/26
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr John L. Wishlade. Source Historic England Archive
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