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A Grade II* Listed Building in Tarporley, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.1657 / 53°9'56"N

Longitude: -2.6602 / 2°39'36"W

OS Eastings: 355956

OS Northings: 363383

OS Grid: SJ559633

Mapcode National: GBR 7M.4GBX

Mapcode Global: WH99P.3PHF

Entry Name: Portal

Listing Date: 14 February 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1330174

English Heritage Legacy ID: 57238

Location: Tarporley, Cheshire West and Chester, CW6

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Tarporley

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Tarporley St Helen

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


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House. 1900-05. By W E Tower. Timber framed with rendered infill
and stone slate roof. Domestic Revival Style. Two storeys. Entrance
front: E-shaped and near symmetrical with a central gabled porch and
slightly projecting gabled wings to either side. Single storey stable
wing to left and large gabled projecting wing at right. Central arch
has round arch with decorated spandrels carved with roses - the
initials M B and F B. Three arched panels to either side and small
framing with brattished enrichment. Small-framing to side walls.
Coved and jettied first floor with decorated brackets to either side.
Small framed walling with slightly projecting first floor window with
moulded surround and a window of 5 mullioned lights with a transom.
Coving to jettied gable which has a moulded bressumer and king post
and ogee braces to the gable, which also has moulded bargeboards and a
bargepost with crocketed pinnacle. To right is red ashlar walling to
the lower wall with a window of 12 lights above with mullions and a
transom and a king mullion to the centre. Coved eaves above with
quatrefoils as decoration. Glazed projecting great hall oriel to
right with decorated gable above, 6 lights to front and three to left
hand side. To the right of this is a projecting wing the courtyard
side of which has a chimney breast of ashlar with offsets and two
diamond-pattern flues. The western gable end of this wing has lower
walling of red sandstone with ground and first floor windows of 7
lights with mullions and a transom and jettied first floor and gables
with decorative framing of 1/4-circles to the gable. To the left of
the symmetrical portion of the entrance front is a projecting single
storey stable wing. This has a gable end facing the entrance
courtyard with a 6-light mullioned window and ogee struts and king
post to gable end. The south face has close studding to the lower
walls and six 2-light windows with quatrefoils between and coved eaves
above. The centre of the ridge is a square shingled clock turret with
a diamond-shaped wooden clock board with circular dial, obelisks to
the corners and an octagonal bell cote with volute buttresses, arched
openings and an ogee dome with ball finial. To the left of this is a
projecting wing with rendered lower walling and small framing above
with a 5-light ground floor and 5-light first floor window and
decorated 1/4 circle framing to the gable. To left again is a
recessed range with an archway at right and 3 gabled bays to left
again with modern brickwork. Garden front: 9 bays, the 7 at left
being symmetrical with canted bays to centre, left and right forming
five sides of an octagon each face having 3 lights with mullions and a
transom. Between are 5-light windows with mullions and transoms set
in small framed walling with angle braces. Similar arrangement to
first floor save that the windows between are without transoms.
Gables above the canted bays with angle braces and barge posts.
Further smaller gables above each of the other bays all with decorated
barge boards. The two further bays at left have a 5-light window at
left and a door to right with a 5-light first floor window at left and
a 4-light window to right. Gable of smaller type over left hand
window. A wing to the right of this was demolished within the last
twenty years.
Interior: Hall with glazed screens passage and gallery over and
oriel. Hammer-beam roof with suspended bosses. Jettied and coved
bedroom gallery. Panelled Jacobean fireplace of variegated marble.
Drawing room, plaster Jacobean ceiling with pendant bosses and frieze
showing mermaids. Study has moulded wall posts and panelled pitched
ceiling. Bay window has 6 roundels and one square panel of German
early Renaissance glass. Ground floor gallery to south front of
courtyard has further panels of German Renaissance stained glass.

Listing NGR: SJ5595663383

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