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Houldsworth Working Mens Club

A Grade II* Listed Building in Reddish North, Stockport

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Latitude: 53.4378 / 53°26'16"N

Longitude: -2.1625 / 2°9'44"W

OS Eastings: 389304

OS Northings: 393459

OS Grid: SJ893934

Mapcode National: GBR FXBP.MC

Mapcode Global: WHB9P.RVGD

Entry Name: Houldsworth Working Mens Club

Listing Date: 30 October 1973

Last Amended: 7 November 2011

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1067173

English Heritage Legacy ID: 210824

Location: Stockport, SK5

County: Stockport

Electoral Ward/Division: Reddish North

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Reddish St Elisabeth

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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A working men's club of 1874 by A H Stott of Oldham.


Working men's club of 1874 by Abraham Henthorn Stott of Oldham.

MATERIALS: Red brick with stone dressings and wide alternating bands of slate and red tiles to the roofs.

PLAN: The building has two storeys and an attic and is u-shaped with two rear wings, that to the right (E) wider. There are modern extensions to the rear.

EXTERIOR: the elevations are irregular in a Gothic style. The main, south-facing elevation is of eight bays with a steep roof with three dormer windows and a gable to the wider bay seven. There are round-arched windows on the first floor and mullion and transom windows on the ground floor. Bay five has a single-storey porch with pitched roof and at the right hand end is a gable over a large, pointed-arch tracery window with a wider mullion and transom window below. The west, side elevation has a two-storey bay window with a conical roof at the south end.

INTERIOR: not inspected.


Reddish lies immediately west of Stockport and the River Tame. It is site of a model community developed by the late C19 industrialist Sir William Houldsworth. Houldsworth Mill (Grade II*), a cotton spinning mill, was designed in 1865 by Abraham Henthorn Stott of Oldham, one of the most important mill designers of the period. Stott is thought to have designed the model estate of terraced houses for the workforce adjacent to the mill too. In 1874 Stott also designed the Houldsworth Working Men's Club. In the same year Houldsworth employed Alfred Waterhouse to design Houldsworth School (Grade II*), and he subsequently designed St Elisabeth's Church (Grade I) and rectory (Grade II*) of 1882-3.

Reasons for Listing

* Architect: designed by Abraham Henthorn Stott, one of the most important mill designers of the period who designed the nearby Houldsworth Mill (Grade II*), a cotton spinning mill, in 1865, and was also likely to have been responsible for the model estate of terraced houses for the workforce;
* Historic Interest: forming part of the model community developed by the late-C19 industrialist Sir William Houldsworth, which included cotton mills, workers' housing, school, church, and a park;
* Group Value: having group value with the adjacent St Elisabeth's Church (qv), Rectory (qv), and Houldsworth School (qv) and associated walls (qv), designed by Alfred Waterhouse for Sir William Houldsworth.

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