Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1386169

Date first listed: 31-Jan-1952



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District: Salford (Metropolitan Authority)

National Grid Reference: SJ 81671 96987


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SJ89NW TAYLORSON STREET 949-1/4/94 (South East side) 31/01/52 Ordsall Hall


Large house. Substantially early C16 with additions of c1639, restored and extended 1896-7 by Alfred Derbyshire. Timber-framed with heavy slate roofs, extended in brick. Main hall building comprises open hall with 2 cross gables, a single 2-storeyed bay to the right, and a 2-storeyed gable to the left incorporating remains of original C14 house. EXTERIOR: central hall is framed in small framing with quatrefoil panels; probably late C16 or early C17 work extensively renewed in C19 restoration. Doorway to cross passage to right. Long line of continuous mullioned window at upper level below coved eaves. Small gable to left of hall has high canted mullioned and transomed window to ground floor at dais end, small attic window of 4-lights above. Projecting gable to right beyond cross passage, similarly framed, with massive canted full-height bay window, an addition of c1600. Present entrance to right of this range, which comprised the original service end of the hall. Brick gable to left of hall rebuilt in later C19, but incorporating internally remains of a C14 building. The building extends beyond this gabled wing, and a wide shallow wing projects beyond, largely later C19. Wing of c1639 advanced from right-hand of original range, where it replaced an original wing, and was formerly a separate dwelling: brick with stone dressings. 2-storeyed, an irregular plan of 5 windows, with advanced gable to right of centre housing doorway in timber gabled porch. Chamfered angles to gable. Mullioned windows of 2, 3 and 4 lights at first-floor level, and stepped mullion in gable apex. Lower windows renewed early C20. Axial and end wall stacks. Rear of hall substantially rebuilt during C19 in buff brick with red brick dressings. Two 4-centred arched traceried windows with continuous string course and hoodmould divided by buttresses. Dais gable has corresponding rear gable with paired mullioned and transomed windows on each floor, and mock timbering coved in the gable apex. Additional gable beyond, with brick mullioned windows. 3 parallel gables to left of hall range similarly detailed, the inner gable having wide mullioned and transomed windows on each floor, and mock framing in gable apex with coving. Outer gable echoes the detailing on the C17 front wing it adjoins, with stepped

mullioned window in the attic, but the dressings are terracotta rather than stone. INTERIOR: the main hall has been restored open to its roof. Spere-truss divides the former cross passage. Quatrefoil panelling in screens wall beyond, which has three 4-centred arched doorways to former service rooms, and coving above. Hall has 2 principal bays, and moulded shafts carry cambered tie-beam with king-post and panelling. Cusped wind-braces form quatrefoil panelling in 3 tiers. Intermediate cambered collars. Wall behind the dais framed in large irregular panels. This wall said to be a survivor of the earliest building on the site, a structure of the C14, with crown-post roof surviving over 'Star chamber' in wing beyond. 'Star chamber' behind dais end of hall has massive stone fireplace which may also survive from this earliest building, but the panelled ceiling, embellished with gilded stars, is probably late C16.

Listing NGR: SJ8167196987


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