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The Laurels

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bacup, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7012 / 53°42'4"N

Longitude: -2.2023 / 2°12'8"W

OS Eastings: 386743

OS Northings: 422768

OS Grid: SD867227

Mapcode National: GBR FT2M.0Z

Mapcode Global: WHB8J.47KF

Entry Name: The Laurels

Listing Date: 19 June 1968

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1072857

English Heritage Legacy ID: 185585

Location: Rossendale, Lancashire, OL13

County: Lancashire

District: Rossendale

Town: Rossendale

Electoral Ward/Division: Greensclough

Built-Up Area: Bacup

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 09/12/2014

SD 82 SE

The Laurels

(Formerly listed as Forest House)


Large house, probably by John Foster of Liverpool c. 1828 (Pevsner):
now partially restored but derelict. Ashlar, with hipped tiled roof
(now no chimneys). T-plan: front block 5x3 bays with rear service
wing 3x3 bays. Two-storey front, 3-storey rear wing to same height
(plus cellars). In Neo-classical style. Symmetrical, 3-bay centre
recessed behind 4 giant Ionic columns on a plinth broken in the centre
by steps to doorway which has large fanlight with radiating glazing
bars; 2 sashed windows at ground floor and 3 smaller ones above
(some damaged); each flanking wing has a large round-headed window at
ground floor (radiating glazing bars in head of that on left, otherwise
glazing now missing), and a horizontal rectangular panel at 1st floor.
Prominent cornice and low parapet continued on return walls. Three-bay
return walls have tall windows at ground floor, shorter ones at 1st
floor, those on the right restored with glazing bars. Side walls of
rear wing have 3 windows each floor all restored with glazing bars
(the topmost only 6 panes), rear wall has pedimented centre breaking
forwards slightly with a large segmental-headed tripartite window at
ground floor and one window at 2nd floor and the flanking bays have
ground floor doors and windows above matching those of the sides.
Interior: gutted, but elements of some features remain, principally the
saucer-domed entrance hall with curved triangular pendentives (fragments of
moulded plaster, e.g. Greek key frieze to dome), segmental arch to hall and
stairwell, cantilevered stone imperial staircase of one flight and then
two(balusters missing); lath framework for segmental coved ceiling in
right wing.

Listing NGR: SD8674322768

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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