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Heaton Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Higher Blackley, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.5362 / 53°32'10"N

Longitude: -2.2531 / 2°15'11"W

OS Eastings: 383319

OS Northings: 404422

OS Grid: SD833044

Mapcode National: GBR DWQK.03

Mapcode Global: WHB98.CC9Y

Plus Code: 9C5VGPPW+FP

Entry Name: Heaton Hall

Listing Date: 25 February 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200809

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388172

ID on this website: 101200809

Location: Heaton Park, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Higher Blackley

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Prestwich St Margaret Holyrood

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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698-1/2/624 Heaton Hall


Country house, now museum and art gallery (etc). Mid C18,
remodelled 1772-89 by James Wyatt for Sir Thomas Egerton,
enlarged and orangery added c.1823 by Lewis Wyatt. Sandstone
ashlar with dressings of Coade stone, hipped slate roofs. Long
range on east-west axis, composed of central block linked by
colonnaded wings to octagonal pavilions (kitchen to west,
library to east), with 1823 additions to north side of wings
and pavilions, and orangery continued at east end. Palladian
style. One and two storeys with entrance front to north and
principal facade to south, both symmetrical. The south facade,
entirely by James Wyatt, is composed of a 2-storey 5-bay
centre with a prominent 3-window bow, flanked by single-storey
7-bay wings with tall colonnades mounted on steps and linked
to slightly higher octagonal single-storey pavilions. The
centre block has steps up to the bow flanked by a lion and
lioness of cast lead on stone pedestals; giant Ionic
semi-columns to the bow and pilasters to the outer bays, a
guilloche string-course, plain frieze, cornice and blocking
course; its bow has 12- and 9-pane sashed windows, Coade stone
panels between floors depicting classical rustic scenes, and a
shallow domed lead roof; and each outer bay has a large
Venetian window in a blank arch at ground floor, and a 9-pane
sash above. The colonnades have fluted friezes enriched with
antique ox-skulls (bucrania), and very tall 15-pane windows
(those of the left wing now boarded). The pavilions each have
pilasters and a frieze like the colonnades, a cornice and high
parapet, a large Venetian window in the centre and swagged
panels over the windows in the canted side bays. The north
front of the main block, 2:3:2 bays, with pedimented centre
breaking forwards, 1st-floor sill-band, moulded cornice and
blocking course, has a tetrastyle portico mounted on steps,
tall 12-pane sashed windows at ground floor, horizontal panels
above these, and 9-pane sashed windows at 1st floor; and
attached at each side of this are the 1823 additions to the
rear of the wings, 2 lower storeys and 7 bays each, with
pilasters and sashed windows (differing slightly), and massive
clustered chimney stacks. The former orangery to the east,
facing south, is a long symmmetrical single-storey range,
3:3:5:3:3 bays, with projected polygonal centre, the ends
colonnaded and the rest pilastered with a full-height window
in each bay, a moulded cornice and blocking course carried
round the whole, and now with a flat roof replacing the
original glazed central dome and pitched roofs.
INTERIOR: fine original features including entrance hall,
staircase hall with imperial staircase and colonnaded landing,
saloon, dining room, billiard room, music room, library, and
at 1st floor the Cupola Room which has very rare survival of
complete Etruscan style decoration; for details, see "Heaton
Hall: a Short Account of its History and Architecture",
Manchester City Council, 1984. East wing and kitchen derelict
and restoration suspended at time of survey, containing some
original features, e.g. servants' stairs, fielded panel
cupboards in former house-keeper's room, and 2 large
segmental-arched fireplaces in opposed walls of kitchen.
(Manchester City Council: Heaton Hall: a short account of its
History and Architecture: 1984-).

Listing NGR: SD8331904422

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