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Cliffe Castle (Museum)

A Grade II Listed Building in Keighley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8752 / 53°52'30"N

Longitude: -1.9136 / 1°54'49"W

OS Eastings: 405774

OS Northings: 442109

OS Grid: SE057421

Mapcode National: GBR HR2M.HL

Mapcode Global: WHB7P.KVYM

Plus Code: 9C5WV3GP+3G

Entry Name: Cliffe Castle (Museum)

Listing Date: 4 December 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200609

English Heritage Legacy ID: 338357

Also known as: Cliffe Castle Museum

ID on this website: 101200609

Location: Cliffe Castle Park, Beechcliffe, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD20

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Keighley

Built-Up Area: Keighley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Keighley

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Tagged with: House Museum building

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Cliffe Castle (Museum)


Large house, now museum. 1875-8, top storey removed 1950s. By George Smith of
Bradford for a local manufacturer. Ashlar. High Victorian style. 2 storeys.
Windows are mullioned and transomed or single-light and have sashes and quoined
surrounds. Entrance front: 4-storey tower has in front of it a round-arched
embattled porte cochere with off-set angle buttresses and corbelled parapet, the
whole decorated with relief sculpture and tracery. Tower has decorated oriel
windows to 2nd floor, and is flanked by 2-storey bay windows. To far left is
conservatory with glass doors, bay window and parapet. Rear: to right tall,
single-storey, gabled music room projects, with canted end containing 3-light
Pointed-arch window with transoms and plate tracery under hoodmould with floreated
terminals which continues as stringcourse. Above window is shaped pediment with
traceried wheel-window under hoodmould. Coping. Dragon finial holding iron
weather-vane. Returns of music room have embattled parapets and, to right return,
lateral stacks. C20 gallery to left not of interest. Right return: 4 stepped
bays with 2-storeyed bay windows. Formerly gabled, but top storey removed.
Interior: porch has tesselleted floor, stained-glass windows and coffered ceiling
with painting and plasterwork. Entrance hall has moulded and panelled arches.
Ornamented staircase with iron and wood balusters, stained-glass window, painted
wood ceiling with hammerbeams and Gothic ornament. Octagonal stairwell has upper
gallery on octagonal piers, iron rail, and central lantern. Breakfast room and
conservatory to left of porch, the latter with pointed-arch arcades and iron ties
to glass roof. To right of porch is range of music-, drawing-, dining- and
drawing-rooms which retain original decor with Adam -style motifs, painted
ceilings, roundels, panelling and fireplaces. Music room to rear left has parapet
floor, decorative frieze, corbelled beams and coffered ceiling. Drawings in the
museum show that before the alterations of the 1950s there was a castellated tower
to rear, a round, steepled tower, and a round tower with cupola (base remains).
Of the Dutch gables to the top storey only one now remains.

Listing NGR: SE0577442109

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