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Latitude: 53.5873 / 53°35'14"N
Longitude: -2.4385 / 2°26'18"W
OS Eastings: 371070
OS Northings: 410165
OS Grid: SD710101
Mapcode National: GBR CVDY.WS
Mapcode Global: WH97V.J318
Entry Name: Mere Hall
Listing Date: 26 April 1974
Last Amended: 30 April 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1388129
English Heritage Legacy ID: 476127
Location: Bolton, BL1
Electoral Ward/Division: Halliwell
Built-Up Area: Bolton
Traditional County: Lancashire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester
Church of England Parish: West Bolton
Church of England Diocese: Manchester
SD71SW MEREHALL STREET
797-1/2/154 (North East side)
26/04/74 Mere Hall
(Formerly Listed as:
Mansion, once a museum later nursery school. 1837, built for
Benjamin Dobson, an engineer, and converted to museum in 1890.
Brick with stone dressings and hipped slate roofs.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys. Entrance front a 3-window range, with
coupled Doric columns to portico porch, and side lights to
doorway. 20-pane floor length sash windows each side of
doorway, the upper windows blind.
Lower wing probably a later addition to the left, with 2
tripartite sash windows to first floor in return, and single
12-pane sash window below.
Parallel rear range also a 3-window range, with blind upper
windows and sashes below. 2-window range similarly detailed
slightly recessed to the right, linked to separate wing to
right, which has tripartite sash window on each floor; this
wing possibly extended to rear to provide service
accommodation, late C19.
Garden front a 5-window range with central full-height bow
window with floor length sashes. Upper windows blind.
Full-height angle pilasters and stone string courses to each
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORY: the house was left to the town of Bolton in 1890 by
its then owner, JP Thomasson, and adapted for use as a museum
by the town; its present form, including the blocking of the
upper windows, is owing to that use.
(Bolton and District Civic Trust: Buildings of Bolton: Bolton:
Listing NGR: SD7107010165
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