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Henshaw's Bluecoat School

A Grade II Listed Building in St Mary's, Oldham

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Latitude: 53.546 / 53°32'45"N

Longitude: -2.1074 / 2°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 392979

OS Northings: 405494

OS Grid: SD929054

Mapcode National: GBR FWQF.KK

Mapcode Global: WHB9B.L4PC

Entry Name: Henshaw's Bluecoat School

Listing Date: 23 January 1973

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201670

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388891

Location: Oldham, OL1

County: Oldham

Electoral Ward/Division: St Mary's

Built-Up Area: Oldham

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Oldham St Stephen and All Martyrs (Lower Moor)

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


780-1/5/28 Henshaw's Bluecoat School


School. 1829-1834. By Richard Lane. Ashlar faced with Welsh
slate roof.
2 storeys, symmetrically planned about a central entrance
hall. Neo-Tudor style.
Central and outer gabled wings each a 3-window range, linked
by longer 5-window ranges. Advanced central wing with central
moulded arched doorway and 3-light mullioned and transomed
windows above on first and attic storeys, with steep gable
above and polygonal pilasters terminating in truncated
Outer 2-light mullioned windows on each floor, and polygonal
angle pilasters with embattled pinnacles. Outer gables are
similarly styled, with polygonal angle pilasters with
truncated pinnacles, and steep coped gables.
Windows throughout are mullioned and with margin lights in
deep splayed embrasures. Embattled parapet over 5-window
linking ranges. Advanced single storeyed parallel wing to
right added in 1908, employing similar style.
INTERIOR retains much of the orignal planning, in spite of the
loss of the original hall (housed to the rear of the right
hand gabled wing). Central entrance and stair hall, with
cantilevered stone stair with cast-iron balustrade, linked to
central spinal corridor by three moulded archways on each
Some original detailing also survives, particularly the
moulded plasterwork of the corridor, and the cornice and
gothick fireplace in the former governor's dining room.
The school was founded as the result of a bequest from Thomas
Henshaw, a hatter of Oldham, supplemented by a public appeal.

Listing NGR: SD9297905494

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