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Wigan (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SD 58350 06213



SD5806SW UPPER DICCONSON STREET 24-1/6/90 (South East side) 05/05/95 No.21


End-of-terrace town house. 1877. Brown brick in English garden wall bond, with slate roof and slated canopy over ground floor. Double-depth single-fronted plan with back extension. Simple eclectic style. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attic, cellared throughout, 1:2 windows (forming half of a reflected pair). The ground floor has a round-headed doorway to the left (coupled with that of No.23) with moulded stone imposts which have sawtooth enrichment, a dentilled lintel, panelled keystone and wide door with 6 bolection-moulded panels; a canted bay window with sawtooth enrichment to the lintels, and a continuous monopitched slate canopy (carried across No.23 also). The 1st floor has a round-headed window above the doorway and a pair of segmental-headed windows to the right, all in raised brick surrounds with moulded imposts and panelled keystones, and linked by a sillband (also carried across No.23). All the windows are sashed without glazing bars. Oversailing eaves with pendent wooden ornament. Gable chimney. INTERIOR: unusually complete survival of original features and fittings as follows: internal porch with square-panelled dado and embossed wallcovering with sunflower motif, stained and painted glazed screen with roundels of birds and flowers, and a border of yellow leaves and flowers; hall with "Aesthetic Movement" embossed dado including fishes, lilies and butterflies, upper border of birds, cornice with egg-and-dart and modillion enrichment; front parlour with Adam-style moulded plaster frieze, panelled ceiling, column to right of window apparently for air-conditioning, fireplace with heavy surround of grey marble and grate with decorated hood, panelled door with embossed decoration on inner side; dining room with dado of embossed rectangular panels, marble fireplace (now painted) with copper hood to grate, door like that to parlour; staircase with dado continued from hall, and cast-iron balusters continued along landing and up to attic; full-width 1st-floor drawing room with arched white marble fireplace; similar fireplace in middle bedroom; bathroom with wooden panelled dado (part missing); 2-room attic; complete suite of 5 cellar rooms, with ducting which appears to have been related to air-conditioning system. HISTORY: occupied from 1877 to 1884 by WH Lever, subsequently Viscount Leverhulme, founder of soap-manufacturing empire, at the time when he was founding his business in Wigan. The interior decoration and fittings of this house are early evidence of the artistic interests of Lord and Lady Leverhulme, and of the earliest origins of the Lady Lever Collection. [References: "Viscount Leverhulme by his son"; Edward Morris "Art and Business in Edwardian England: the Making of the Lady Lever Art Gallery"; C.R.Grundy and S.L.Davison "Illustrated Guide to the Lady Lever Collection"; Elizabeth Aslin "The Aesthetic Movement".] (Viscount Leverhulme by his son; Morris Edward: Art & Business in Edwardian England...the Lady Lever Art Gallery; Grundy CR & Davison L: Illustrated Guide to the Lady Lever Collection; Aslin Elizabeth: The Aesthetic Movement).

Listing NGR: SD5835006213


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Books and journals
Aslin, E, The Aesthetic Movement
Grundy, C R, Davison, S L, Illustrated Guide to the Lady Lever Collection
Morris, E, Art and Business in Edwardian England The Making of the Lady Lever Art Gallery
Viscount Leverhulme by his son,


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: IOE01/14365/14
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