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The Clock House

A Grade II Listed Building in Keele, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9995 / 52°59'58"N

Longitude: -2.2724 / 2°16'20"W

OS Eastings: 381812

OS Northings: 344720

OS Grid: SJ818447

Mapcode National: GBR 02W.VPM

Mapcode Global: WHBCS.2V5W

Entry Name: The Clock House

Listing Date: 14 May 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1029836

English Heritage Legacy ID: 362569

Location: Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5

County: Staffordshire

District: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Civil Parish: Keele

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Keele St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text


6/35 The Clock House


Former stable block and coach house, now part of university music department
(west half) and Vice-Chancellor's residence (east half). C.1830, with
later additions and alterations. By Edward Blore for Ralph Sneyd. Red
brick with blue bricks set in diaper patterns, rock-faced sandstone
plinth and quoins with ashlar to gates and dressings throughout; plain
tiled roofs with coped verges on stone kneelers, tall brick lateral and
ridge stacks. 4 equal ranges around a central paved courtyard with gates
on the north and south; mixed Tudor and early Renaissance style. One
storey to north and south (plus attic to south) and 2 storeys to east and
west (formerly the coachman's and head gardener's accommodation respectively).
South side: entrance front. 6 bays internally; shaped gabled eaves dormers
and wide round-arched doorways (now bricked up) with raised keystones and
double doors, 3 to each side of central carriageway. Externally the
fenestration has been altered, the 3 tall rectangular slits to the left
of the entrance are blocked and 2 mid-C20 casements inserted above; to
the right of the entrance, 2 flat-roofed eaves dormers and a French window
beneath (all mid-C20). Original fenestration, however, survives to the
shaped gables at each end: 2 cross windows to ground floor with 2-light
mullion window above, all with dripstones, oculi to top. The entrance is
the dominant feature; a wide round-headed arch under flat head with
panelled spandrels, flanked by polygonal corner turrets; above is a clock
house with armorial shields beneath the eaves of a stone pyramidal roof
capped by an octagonal round-arched bell turret (bell now missing), with
stone cupola; clock in ornamental stone surround (north side). Other
sides plainer; much altered fenestration, again originally mullioned and
transomed windows, a few of which retain their C19 glazing; the north
side has a central entrance, similar to that on south, but with scrolled
cresting to centre and spur stones to outer arch. The prominent early
C20 and mid-C20 additions to the east and west are not included. An
avenue of trees leads from the south entrance to Lymes Lodge (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SJ8181244720

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