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The Clay Warehouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.2892 / 53°17'21"N

Longitude: -2.895 / 2°53'41"W

OS Eastings: 340436

OS Northings: 377290

OS Grid: SJ404772

Mapcode National: GBR 8Z7D.1M

Mapcode Global: WH87V.HLN8

Entry Name: The Clay Warehouse

Listing Date: 12 September 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1329999

English Heritage Legacy ID: 56328

Location: Cheshire West and Chester, CH65

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Rossmore

Built-Up Area: Ellesmere Port

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Ellesmere Port Team

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text

7/38 (Canal Port Lower Basin)
The Clay Warehouse
China Clay and Bone Ash Warehouse circa 1880-90. Red and blue brick with slate roof.
Single storey, double depth plan. On the south-east side there are six double-width
boarded doors flanked by 3-brick wide x 2-brick deep blue brick piers under chamfered
wood lintels, which are almost at eaves level. Between the doors there are recessed
red brick panels, in English Garden Wall Bond, which are framed by the door piers, a
high blue brick plinth, with bullnosed brick cornice and a deep blue brick eaves -
band with three stepped courses and a dentil course. A moulded cast iron gutter
sits on the eaves band. The south-west and north-east twin gable-ends have pairs of
red brick recessed panels framed by the blue bricks and these are surmounted by wide
bands of blue bricks which join similar verge bands to form twin gable-pediments with
recessed red brick infill panels. At the centres of the gable pediments there are
large circular openings, framed in blue bricks and filled with cast iron wheel
grilles with radiating spokes based on dagger and quatrefoil motifs. Large stone
kneelers support square edged verge copings. The brick dentil course, which runs
up the verges under the copings, is continued downwards carved into the stonework of
the kneelers. The east section of the north-east gable-end contains two double
boarded doors with board cladding above. On the north-west side of the building,
which is divided into six red brick panels by 3-brick wide pilasters, there are two
centrally placed double doors under segmental arches with concrete springers. A 3-
brick square stack rises from eaves level at the centre of the building on the'north-
west side. A central lead valley separates the two pitched roofs of the two parallel
rangers. The building was used for the storage of china clay shipped by coaster from
Cornwall and then transported by narrow boats to the Potteries. Bone Ash for the
manufacture of Bone China was similarly stores and transhipped. The warehouse is on
an island formed by the canal, the basin and an arm of the canal.

Listing NGR: SJ4043677290

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

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