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Pickhill Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Sesswick, Wrexham

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Latitude: 53.0188 / 53°1'7"N

Longitude: -2.8929 / 2°53'34"W

OS Eastings: 340199

OS Northings: 347208

OS Grid: SJ401472

Mapcode National: GBR 79.FZRM

Mapcode Global: WH896.JDN1

Plus Code: 9C5V2494+GR

Entry Name: Pickhill Hall

Listing Date: 7 June 1963

Last Amended: 20 December 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1636

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated at the end of a private drive entered from the east side of a road runing south from the B5130. This new drive approaches the house from the rear passing close to it's farm buildings to the s

County: Wrexham

Community: Sesswick

Community: Sesswick

Locality: Pickhill

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Little is known about the Pickhill estate until the earliest deeds of 1724 suggesting the "provincial Baroque" (Hubbard) remodelling of the earlier building (Date stone of 1681) around this time. This remodelling has been tentatively attributed to the architect Richard Trubshaw who was certainly working in the area at this time for Sir Richard Puleston at nearby Emral Hall between 1724 and 1726, and on Bangor-is-y-Coed church in 1726. For much of the C19 and C20 the house was in the hands of the Ormrod family. The house was left to decay in 1968 following almost half a century of poor maintainance and following a disastrous fire in 1985. It was subsequently sold and converted into flats in 1990.


The current exterior is of four different phases, the earliest of 1681, the principal elevations of the early C18, a sizeable mid-Victorian addition of 1866, and further additions and alterations of 1990. The principal elevation, to the south, is three storeys of red brick with stone dressings including a low rusticated base and quoins. In the Baroque style with seven bays the central three of which project slightly being articulated by full height Corinthian pilasters. This central section is differentiated by segmentally arched heads to the sash windows. The central bay is further differentiated to denote the entrance by moulded window surrounds with side consoles to the first floor and a Corinthian porch to the ground floor. The parapet is balustraded, surmounted with urns, and a small triangular pediment to the central section containing a festooned coat-of-arms and with a domed cupola set back on the same axis. To the east is a two-storey extension with a date-stone of 1866 set into the chimney breast and service wing to the rear. To the west a further Victorian service wing of two storeys received a large conservatory to the southern elevation at the time of its conversion to residential use in 1990 as indicated by a date-stone bearing the initials "LSE".


Internal alteration and re-organisation following dereliction has left no original fabric inside.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for the surviving early 18th century facade.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pickhill Hall Lodge
    The former Lodge to Pickhill Hall is reached by a road south of the B5130 (Holt Road) entered adjacent to Fingerpot Cottage. After its junction with Watery Lane the road becomes a track. The Lodge is
  • II Gate and gate-piers at Pickhill Hall Lodge
    Situated towards the end of the east side of a road coming south of the B5130 shortly after Pickhill Bridge. Concealed in lightly wooded countryside to the west of Pickhill Hall.
  • II Pear Tree House
    Set back from the S side of Sun Lane, close to the centre of Sutton Green.
  • II Pickhill Bridge
    Pickhill Bridge crosses the River Dee and carries the B5130. The bridge is on the border of Sesswick and Bangor-is-y-Coed Communities lying amongst open farmland on all sides. Pickhill Bridge Farm l
  • II Pickhill Farmhouse
    Situated at the end of a private drive from the north side of the B5130 in open pasture.
  • II Dovecote at Pickhill Old Hall
    Situated to the south-east of Pickhill Old Hall, diagonally opposite its main front, on the edge of steeply sloping ground.
  • II Talwrn House
    Situated on the north side of the B5130 close to it's junction with Watery Lane.
  • II Graig Cottage
    Set back from Station Road at the outskirts of the village.

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