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A Grade II Listed Building in Newton, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.2046 / 53°12'16"N

Longitude: -2.8969 / 2°53'48"W

OS Eastings: 340190

OS Northings: 367877

OS Grid: SJ401678

Mapcode National: GBR 79.24TW

Mapcode Global: WH887.GQR5

Plus Code: 9C5V6433+R6

Entry Name: Downswood

Listing Date: 14 October 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375771

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469750

ID on this website: 101375771

Location: Abbot's Mead, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, CH1

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Electoral Ward/Division: Newton

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Chester

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Chester St Oswald and St Thomas of Canterbury

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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1932-1/2/74 Downswood


Detached house. 1887-8. Probably by Samuel Hill Holme. Ruabon
red brick dressed in stone and terracotta with red tile roof.
Vernacular Revival style.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, 4 bays. Arched 6-panel double doors of
oak in projecting porch with stone lower storey inscribed
"Fine que cui vide: in Domine confido: 1887:1888". Brick
mullioned and stone transomed leaded windows with ogee-arched
heads, of 4 lights in right bay and recessed stair-bay left of
doorway, then a canted half-bay window against return to left
bay which has 4-light window. Carved stone frieze above
entrance; between lower and upper storeys of right and left
bays a double row of ornate brick panels above a terracotta
string; a row of 4 small brick-mullioned leaded lights
surmounted by a row of panels in the entrance bay; 2 rows of
terracotta panels with putti between stair-hall and landing
windows; Ruabon brick pilaster supporting a stone heraldic
beast to each side of a 3-light mullioned and transomed upper
storey right of porch, above porch and to left bay;
crenellated parapet left of porch-bay; a cartouche on each
gable; finials; timber-framed recessed dormer over landing;
shaped Ruabon brick chimneys.
The west garden front has a 7-sided bay window to the front
with ornate leaded stained glass above the stone transom; an
oak-framed tiled-roofed verandah adjoins the bay window; a
4-light mullioned and transomed window under a gable.
The service wing and rear are similar in expression, but
simpler. The right side has a shaped chimney to the front room
expressed as a substantial projecting feature.
INTERIOR: the hall and stair-hall, divided by a screen of 3
round arches have an oak dado and an ornate fireplace and
overmantel. The right front room has an oak dado, tiled
fireplace in ornate surround with panelled overmantel in
basket-arched recess with pilasters; a carved bronze ornate
fireplace and overmantel, panelled bay window alcove, plaster
foliar-and-cupid frieze and foliar patterned plaster ceiling.
The oak open-well closed-string stair has newels,
barley-sugar-on-vase balusters and heavy moulded rails. The
landing has dado-rail and screen of 2 basket arches on fluted
square classical posts. The rear right room has a massive
sandstone fireplace with carved birds to each side of

smoke-hood, boarded dado and 3 arch-braced trusses. Butted
mouldings to door stiles and rails; a simple rear stair.
A good example of a later C19 opulent suburban house.
Building vacant at time of survey (June 1991).

Listing NGR: SJ4019067877

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