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Report - Stone Cross Mansion...01/2011

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Oldskool, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Oldskool

    Oldskool Guest
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    Visited with Host,Hidden Shadow and Ojay...

    a bit of a building description (boring) but here we go...

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    Formerly known as: Stone Cross School STOCKBRIDGE LANE.
    Country mansion, now used as offices and factory. 1874. Said
    to be by Paley and Austin, but drawings by JW Grundy of
    Ulverston survive. Coursed rock-faced limestone with Hexham
    freestone quoins and details. Complex slate pitched roofs with
    asymmetrically-placed corniced and plinthed stacks.
    Gothic/Scottish Baronial style. Complex plan based around a
    central rectangular block. Main elevation faces east.

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    3 storeys with full and roof dormers. Asymmetrical; 11 window
    bays with entrance bays 7 and 8 set back within a 3-arched
    porch which has a central gablet, pierced parapet, and
    clustered shafts to columns. Porch breaks forward from central
    5-storey tower in bay 6, a machicolated and crenellated square
    structure with a bowed oriel window of 3 lights to the 1st
    floor. Bay 1 has a canted 3-light bay window; bay 3 has a
    3-light flat window with decorative lintel; between bays 9 and
    11 a quoined gable stack has decorative quoins incorporating
    courses above and below the 3rd storey.


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    The garden elevation to the south is of 3 storeys and 10 bays.
    Bays 1-3 and 8-10 have 3-light square windows to ground level.
    A canted central 2-light window is set within a dressed stone
    bay which breaks forward from the main elevation. All the
    windows are sashed with quoined surrounds. The north-east
    corner has a gableted apex with shaped jagged gable ends
    containing stacks. Many later additions and alterations.
    INTERIOR includes original decorative highly moulded and
    detailed window frames with Gothic-carved panelling, marble
    fireplaces with tiled metal surrounds, coffered ceilings, and
    tiled encaustic mosaic floors.

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    The lavish High Victorian
    Gothic hall has a marble columned arcade, corbelled wall
    brackets to a glazed ceiling, and a 1st-floor balustrade. The
    first flight of the Imperial staircase has been removed but
    the returned half-flights survive. On the first floor of the
    hall 3 oil-on-canvas paintings of Romantic Gothic Revival
    scenes, signed L Besche 1880. Other notable features are
    leaded lights and panelled doors. The surface and capitals are
    lavishly embellished with foliate and floral casing to blind
    arcading with quadripartite vaulting.

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    Thanks for looking Oldskool...

    in its former glory...........

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