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Wigan (Metropolitan Authority)
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SD 58279 06643



SD50NE SWINLEY LANE 24-1/2/83 (West side) 08/05/92 Nos.13-23 (Odd) with attached boundary wall


Includes: No.39 WALKDEN AVENUE EAST. Block of 7 town houses. 1897. By WEV Crompton, slightly altered. Mostly red brick in Flemish bond with terracotta dressings, and some close-studded timber-framing and render; slate roof with red ridge tiles. A conventional C19 double-depth plan in which all the houses are single-fronted with back extensions, but successfully disguised by the design. "Free style" combining C16 vernacular and Queen Anne elements. EXTERIOR: 2 and a half storeys over cellars, a 14-window range of vigorously varied design implying early C18 alterations to a C16 timber-framed range: Nos 19 and 21 designed to appear as a timber-framed hall-range, and Nos 17 and 23 as added or remodelled cross-wings to it, with Nos 13 and 15 to the left combining both implied periods of building, and No.39 Walkden Avenue East an addition at the right-hand end. The principal features being as follows: No.13: a pentagonal 2-storey flat-roofed oriel at the corner, with 12-pane sashed windows on both floors, an extruded chimney stack abutting this with offsets at 1st floor and tapered above eaves level; and, in the left return wall, a 2-and a half-storey gabled bay with close-studding at 1st floor and attic level, the latter jettied and containing a 3-light small-paned casement. No.15: a 2-and a half-storey gabled facade with small canted bay window at ground floor, a 2-light window above and a jettied gable with studding containing a 3-light casement (all these windows now with C20 UPVC glazing). Nos 17 and 23: Queen Anne style, brick, 2 and a half storeys, with gable copings and kneelers with ball finials, 12-pane sashed windows with exposed boxes and flat-arched heads with terracotta keystones (2 at ground floor and 3 at 1st floor, and a coupled pair at ground floor and 2 pairs at 1st floor, respectively), and Venetian windows to the attics (small-paned at No.23 but altered at No.17). Nos 19 and 21: tripartite sashed windows at ground floor, a monopitched roof to this, a set-back studded 1st floor with 2-light casements in the centre and splayed 3-light sashed oriel windows in the angles to left and right respectively (all these windows small-paned), and wide cyma-shaped eyebrow dormers in the roof. No.39 Walkden Avenue East: set back, Queen Anne style, brick with pebble-dashed render at 1st floor, a set-back 2-storey porch under carried-down roof, 12-pane sashed windows except for a rectangular bay window set diagonally through the right-hand corner at ground floor and, in the right-hand return wall, a rectangular 2-storey bay window breaking the eaves, with tripartite small-paned windows on both floors (sashed at ground floor, fixed at 1st floor but with an opening pane in each light except the centre which has C20 joinery). All have square-headed doorways, all except Nos 19 and 21 with flat-arched heads and keystones, and all (except No.15 which is UPVC) with 3-pane overlights, moulded wooden surrounds and lintels, and fielded-panel doors (but those at Nos 17 and 21 with stained glass in the upper portions). Rear-access lobbies between Nos 15 and 17, and Nos 19 and 21, with moulded surrounds and barred gates. Roof with oversailing eaves on slender iron brackets; tapered and corniced chimneys. Rear: back-extensions, mostly coupled, under carried-down roofs with tall multiple-flue chimney stacks rising through. INTERIORS: not inspected except No.39 Walkden Avenue East, which retains many original architect-designed features and fittings (e.g. staircase, fireplaces, door furnishings). A relatively early work by a local architect who was subsequently successful in London and the Home Counties. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: boundary wall to front and sides of plot, of brick with moulded terracotta coping, approximately 1m high with rectangular piers, the returned sides ramped up to the rear wall.

Listing NGR: SD5827906643


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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 Apr 2005
Reference: IOE01/14365/13
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