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Whitewalls

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9308 / 52°55'50"N

Longitude: -3.0632 / 3°3'47"W

OS Eastings: 328631

OS Northings: 337576

OS Grid: SJ286375

Mapcode National: GBR 73.MDF7

Mapcode Global: WH78C.XLJJ

Entry Name: Whitewalls

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20259

Building Class: Domestic

Location: The house lies back from the road in its own grounds, with access off the road from Castle Road to Station Avenue.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Built-Up Area: Chirk

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

The building was erected in 1924 for the Edmundson family of Chirk, the architect is not recorded.

Exterior

House, in free vernacular revival style. Built of white painted brickwork, with a brown plain tile hipped and sprocketed roof. Prominent ribbed chimney stacks with outsetting heads joined by a recessed panel forming an essential element in the design. Boxed eaves. Two storeys, the S garden front consists of a W end and centre hipped bays set forward and separated by a glazed sun lounge. A narrow 3rd bay at the E end. The wall offsets at a brick-on-end course at first floor sill level around the house. Paned iron cross windows with wedge brick lintels, with similar original casement windows to the first floor. A flat roofed dormer in the centre bay. At the W end, the main drawing room has a large bow window, with a timber cornice and flat lead roof. External brick stack having 3 narrow arches over windows on the ground floor, 1 to the first floor and swept shoulders to 2 joined flues. The N front has the entrance off centre opposite the main axial stack, set in a slightly recessed keyed arch; a 2-fielded panel door in a moulded frame, with pulvinating frieze and small triangular pediment. The paned metal windows on both floors are close spaced around the door to emphasise the entrance.

Interior

Not accessible at the time of inspection (January 1998).

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well designed building in a free vernacular revival style reminiscent of the work of C F A Voysey of an earlier generation, and notable for retaining its original carefully considered detailing and fenestation. An important survival from this period of innovation in domestic architecture.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Chirk Tunnel, including the N and S Portals, and Chirk Basin.
    The Chirk tunnel continues the canal N from Chirk basin at the N end of the aqueduct, and is reached by a path from Castle Road.
  • II* Railway Viaduct over River Ceiriog
    The viaduct crosses the valley parallel to Chirk Aqueduct, 550m SW of the Church at the centre of the village.
  • II* Chirk Aqueduct (continued into England)
    The aqueduct straddles the Ceiriog Valley, approximately 55m SW of the parish church, and can be reached by a footpath from Castle Road. The aqueduct passes into England (Weston Rhyn) at its S end.
  • II* Chirk Aqueduct
    Weston Rhyn, Shropshire, LL14
  • II* Chirk Viaduct
    Weston Rhyn, Shropshire, LL14
  • II Town Reservoir
    The reservoir is in Reservoir Wood, S of Station Avenue, and E of the S extension of Llwyn-y-cil Road to the caravan park.
  • II Bryn Coed
    The house stands in its own grounds at the E end of Castle Street, overlooking the valley to the rear.
  • II Bryn Eglwys
    The house is the end of the terrace of brick faced buildings at the beginning of Castle Street, in the centre of Chirk.

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