WHITE WINDOWS CHESHIRE HOME

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1366162
Date first listed:
15-Nov-1966
Statutory Address:
WHITE WINDOWS CHESHIRE HOME, FORE LANE AVENUE

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Location

Statutory Address:
WHITE WINDOWS CHESHIRE HOME, FORE LANE AVENUE

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

District:
Calderdale (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SE 05328 23269

Details

SOWERBY BRIDGE FORE LANE AVENUE SE 0423 & SE 0523 (north side) 12/69 White Windows, Cheshire 15.11.66 Home - II House, now Cheshire Home. 1768 with probably earlier ranges. By John Carr for John Priestley (Kendall plll). Coursed squared stone with ashlar to entrance front; stone slate roof. 2½ storeys with basement, 7 bays, with 2 possibly-earlier wings to rear left and a further earlier wing projecting at right angles from left return set back and at higher level than main front due to slope of ground. Main (south- east) front: symmetrical facade. Plinth, rusticated basement, rusticated quoins rising as panelled pilasters on top floor, ground-floor band, moulded 1st- and 2nd-floor cornices. Double flight of steps leads up to main floor. It has iron handrail with wavy and decoratively-scrolled balusters and under it a C20 door masks original rusticated doorway. Main double-door with overlight and architrave set in surround with pulvinated frieze, cornice and swan-neck pediment. Basement has fixed 6-pane windows under lintels incised as flat arches; other windows have moulded architraves, sashes with glazing bars to ground and 1st floors, 6-pane sashes and C20 casements to 2nd floor. Hipped roof with 4 central corniced stacks linked by balustrade. C20 single-storey addition on left not of special interest. Rear: Venetian stair window has keyed plain stone surround and thick glazing bars. Moulded gutter brackets. On right, paired gabled wings project having quoins, flat-faced mullion windows and a doorway with tie-stone jambs. c1980 addition projecting on left not of special interest. Right return: 5 bays. Rusticated quoins, plain bands, moulded cornice. Sashes with glazing bars to ground-and lst- floors, all windows in raised plain surrounds. Left return: main block as right return, ground-floor masked by C20 glass lean-to (not of special interest) . On left earlier range projects having quoins and.; to right return, a 5-light flat- faced mullion window to lst floor (mullions recessed). Interior: entrance hall: remains of moulded cornice soffit, date inside front door (not seen at resurvey). Front left room has elaborate fireplace with floral frieze and over-mantel; moulded panels and cornice. Front right room has floral-decorated dentil cornice. Main stair: dog-leg, cantilevered, open-string, balustrade as to front steps with inter- mediate floral-decorated scrolled balusters, gun-barre1 newel, moulded handrail. Stair window has Ionic columns, elaborate cornice and over central light the Priestley coat of arms flanked by festoons. 1st-floor stair hall has moulded panels and cornice. Full-height back stairs: dog-leg, open-string with turned balusters and ramped handrail (partly-replaced). John Priestley bought the estate in 1765 and built the new house 1767-68. The stair hall and both stairs are almost identical to those at Haugh End House (q.v) which was also by Carr far Priestley's father-in-law, John Lea. John's son, Joseph, was a JP and the room now used as a shop was used as the Justices Room (Kendall, p1ll) - the name John is incised in the glass of one of the windows (not seen at resurvey). H P Kendall, 'Famous Sowerby Mansion', Halifax Antiquarian Society, Vol 3 (1906), pp93-lll.

Listing NGR: SE0532823269

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
339211
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 14 Aug 2004
Reference: IOE01/11328/20
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Tony Dallimore. Source Historic England Archive
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