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Oakley Hall pair of Sphinxes Framing East Entrance

A Grade II* Listed Building in Loggerheads, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9291 / 52°55'44"N

Longitude: -2.4457 / 2°26'44"W

OS Eastings: 370134

OS Northings: 336943

OS Grid: SJ701369

Mapcode National: GBR 7X.MDFV

Mapcode Global: WH9BY.DMLW

Entry Name: Oakley Hall pair of Sphinxes Framing East Entrance

Listing Date: 2 December 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1205760

English Heritage Legacy ID: 362605

Location: Loggerheads, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, TF9

County: Staffordshire

District: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Civil Parish: Loggerheads

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Mucklestone St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

SJ 73 NW LOGGERHEADS C.P OAKLEY, MUCKLESTONE

8/123
Oakley Hall and pair
2/12/52 of sphinxes framing
east entrance

GV II*

Country house. 1710 (datestone on north wall) with later additions and
alterations. Built for Sir John Chetwode. Red brick on sandstone plinth
with ashlar and rusticated dressings; slate roofs, orange-brown brick
ridge stacks re-built in late C20. Two storeys over cellars; flat stone
string course, moulded eaves cornice and parapet. East front: is entrance
front; symmetrical of 11 bays arranged a-b-c-b-a; the 2 end bays projecting
slightly; rusticated quoin strips to corners and ashlar-faced centre flanked
by 2 giant pilasters with Corinthian capitals; windows all glazing bar
sashes in moulded stone surrounds with projecting keystones, mid-window
also with grotesque lion's head above and swags of garlands and bottom
volutes to sides; central doorway with segmental pediment on console
brackets, 6-panel double door with delicately wreathed metal fanlight;
balustrade above parapet with plain early C20 pediment, decorated with
festooned garlands, to centre (the original pediment was curvaceous with
shaped finials). North front: in 7 bays with 3-window bow (early C19)
to centre of ground floor. West front: 3:3:3 bays; central section slightly
projecting and with a full-height 3-window bow under conical roof (note
the turned balusters below the first floor windows and the console brackets
to the central one). Plain south front in 4 bays with a 4-bay colonnaded
verandah (reconstructed as a conservatory in late C20) attached to south-
west corner. Interior: considerably altered in early 1970's, the chief
items of interest are now the early C18 staircase with its turned balusters
and a plastered ceiling and frieze (c.1800) to the ground floor of the
2-storeyed bow on west side; this room also has a good fireplace (again
of c.1800) and shutters to the windows, as have those to the single-storeyed
bow on north. 2 sphinx-like figures with female heads and cast iron lamps
behind flank the main entrance. A ha-ha with drystone wall approximately
1.2m high lies about 60m to the east and lies within the curtilage. B.o.E.,
Pp. 214-5.


Listing NGR: SJ7013436943

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