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Mount Alyn Lodge (including gate piers at drive entrance)

A Grade II Listed Building in Rossett, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1049 / 53°6'17"N

Longitude: -2.9744 / 2°58'27"W

OS Eastings: 334859

OS Northings: 356854

OS Grid: SJ348568

Mapcode National: GBR 76.8HYR

Mapcode Global: WH88S.87V1

Entry Name: Mount Alyn Lodge (including gate piers at drive entrance)

Listing Date: 18 October 1996

Last Amended: 18 October 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17461

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Situated towards the top of Croes Howell Hill adjacent to the south side of the B 5102. The Lodge lies roughly 0.4km to the west of the lower Lodge and Yew Tree Farm.

County: Wrexham

Community: Rossett (Yr Orsedd)

Community: Rossett

Locality: Burton

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Mount Alyn Lodge formed one of the entrance lodges to Mount Alyn (demolished for quarrying operations) the country seat of Alexander Balfour begun in the 1870's. Balfour was a Liverpool merchant and shipowner whose commitment to the Temperance Movement also led him to have built the former Coffee House in Station Road, Rossett, now the National Westminster Bank. The Lodge appears to be an extension to the east and west of an earlier building, probably one of the cottage ornees of the Trevor estate built under John Boydell's stewardship in the early C19 and some of the fabric suggests an earlier building is incorporated into this as was common practice.

Exterior

The building is composed of three blocks, a gate-keepers lodge of four bays to the west, a carriage house to the centre, and accommodation of three bays to the east. Of brick construction, with dentilated eaves, under pitched slate roof. Two storeys to the west, three storeys to the east. The western block is rendered and retains twelve pane sash windows to the northern elevation and an original sideways sliding sash to the cottage ornee portion of this block. At ground floor is a late C19 wooden porch with carved and pierced barge boards. The western elevation is three sided to allow views of the drive to Mount Alyn. The eastern block has a two storey canted bay projection topped with Victorian decorative ironwork and a two storey projecting gable end from the central carriage house section. Four-pane sash windows to the northern elevation and a separately articulated stair turret to the southern elevation capped by a pyramidal rood and lead ball finial. To the north the central section is unfenestrated, to the south is a segmental arched carriage opening and open windows. To the east of the arch is an attached wall leading to the former wash-house and toilet. The Cottage Ornee section has been converted to a garage at ground floor level, probably early C20, and has a corrugated iron roof projecting from floor level. To the first floor are three blocked windows under an open triangular pediment with dentilated details which retain some original render. To either side of the drive are two Gothic Revival gate posts of carved stone with decorative ironwork to linking stone walls. Each gate-post has a two-centered drip stone over a trefoil inset panel. The carved foliage to the cusps and drip stone are left unfinished to the east.

Interior

Western block said to retain no original fixtures and fittings, exposed floor joists boarded over. Access to eastern block not possible at time of re-survey (1996).

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a substantial example of a C19 lodge retaining historic character.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II 1 Yew Tree Cottages
    On south side of B 5102 Llay Road as it begins to ascend Croes Howell Hill. Approx. 1.2 km west of Rossett, at right angles to road.
  • II 2 Yew Tree Cottages
    On south side of B 5102 Llay Road as it begins to ascend Croes Howell Hill. Approx. 1.2 km west of Rossett, at right angles to road.
  • II Outbuilding range immediately E of Yew Tree Farm
    On south side of the B 5102, Llay Road, as it begins to ascend Croeshowell Hill. Approx. 1.2.km west of Rossett. Immediately to the east of Yew Tree Farm, close to the cottages and adjoining contemp
  • II The Stone House
    Located in its own grounds off the B5102, Llay Road, and approached by private drive. Site enclosed by stone garden walls, to match fabric of house, and containing much of original garden lay-out.
  • II Meifod
    Situated to the north side of Llay Road and to the west of the River Alyn. Adjacent to the former Lodge to Stoneleigh House.
  • II Roft Castle Stables
    Situated on the S side of Springfield Lane near the NW edge of the village.
  • II Courtyard Walls and three gazebos to rear of Roft Castle House
    Situated to the rear of Roft Castle House where there is a sunken courtyard with an entrance to a drive which led to the former stables on Springfield Lane.
  • II Pistyll Bank
    Situated on the N side of Springfield Lane.

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