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Former Wages Office at Bellis' Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in Holt, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0758 / 53°4'32"N

Longitude: -2.8866 / 2°53'11"W

OS Eastings: 340700

OS Northings: 353545

OS Grid: SJ407535

Mapcode National: GBR 7B.B7B5

Mapcode Global: WH88T.MYMC

Entry Name: Former Wages Office at Bellis' Farm

Listing Date: 17 July 1996

Last Amended: 17 July 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16965

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Situated in the front garden of the Bellis' Farmhouse, to the south of the Strawberry Pickers' Barracks.

County: Wrexham

Community: Holt

Community: Holt

Built-Up Area: Holt

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

The former wages office for the fruit pickers employed at Bellis Farm. Probably dating to the early C20 the office was originally sited closer to the Strawberry Pickers' Barracks to the rear of the farm. Strawberries were introduced into the Holt area in 1860 by Charles Bellis who quickly expanded the crop so that at its height over 200 acres were turned over to strawberry production. The crop was exported to Liverpool, Birmingham and London by rail and over 3,000 baskets of fruit were despatched every day.

Exterior

Decorative wooden single storey pavilion probably dating to the early C20. Main elevation has full height canted bay containing canted wooden 3-light window, with some original small leaded panes. To right decorative wooden pay counter with shaped wooden pediment. Deep eaves cornice supported by 3 decorative wooden brackets. 2 miniature dormers with decorative barge board eaves, topped with pinnacles. Gable ends with decorative barge board eaves topped with pinnacles. Each contains single window finished with wooden shaped pediment. Glazing retains some small leaded panes.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an extremely well preserved and detailed wages office and for group value with the Strawberry Pickers' Barracks.

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