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Entrance Screen to former drive of Acton Drive

A Grade II Listed Building in Acton, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0595 / 53°3'34"N

Longitude: -2.99 / 2°59'24"W

OS Eastings: 333745

OS Northings: 351816

OS Grid: SJ337518

Mapcode National: GBR 76.C65Y

Mapcode Global: WH88Z.1CGD

Entry Name: Entrance Screen to former drive of Acton Drive

Listing Date: 3 November 1969

Last Amended: 31 January 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1748

Building Class: Domestic

Location: On the east side of the Chester Road towards the brow of the hill, the gateway now gives pedestrian access to part of the Acton estate.

County: Wrexham

Community: Acton

Community: Acton

Built-Up Area: Wrexham

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Entrance screen to the former estate of Acton Park. Acton Park was the seat of the Cunliffe family from 1785, and the park was laid out by Sir Foster Cunliffe in 1790.

Exterior

The gates were probably erected at this time, and their design has been attributed to Thomas Harrison. Ashlar, with cast iron railings. Greek Doric piers form a colonade of 3 bays each side of the entrance, with outer piers surmounted by fibreglass reproductions of the original rampant painted wood greyhounds with wrought iron tails (restorations). Cast iron spear head railings mountd on low plinth wall between the colonades, and continuing as flanking quadrants divided by 3 circular stone piers, trminating in short length of panelled wall surmounted by a cornice.

Reasons for Listing

The house of Acton Park itself was demolished in 1956, and the park land has been successively developed with housing estates.

Group value with Acton Park Lodge.

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