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Gates, Gate Piers and Screen to Bank Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.307 / 53°18'25"N

Longitude: -1.9253 / 1°55'31"W

OS Eastings: 405072

OS Northings: 378896

OS Grid: SK050788

Mapcode National: GBR GZZ6.Z7

Mapcode Global: WHBBL.D4DM

Entry Name: Gates, Gate Piers and Screen to Bank Hall

Listing Date: 12 April 1984

Last Amended: 14 July 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1334795

English Heritage Legacy ID: 81980

Location: Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23

County: Derbyshire

District: High Peak

Civil Parish: Chapel-en-le-Frith

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Chapel-en-le-Frith St Thomas a Becket

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

CHAPEL EN LE FRITH

178/6/3 BANK HALL DRIVE
12-APR-84 GATES, GATE PIERS AND SCREEN TO BANK HALL

(Formerly listed as:
BANK HALL DRIVE
GATES AND GATE PIERS TO BANK HALL)

II
Gates, gate piers and screen to Bank Hall, erected in 1867 to the designs to J Lowe of Manchester.

MATERIALS
The gates and screen are in cast iron supported by piers of Ashlar.

EXTERIOR
There is a central double gate for vehicle access with a single side gate for pedestrians to the left and a pier at each end of the curved decorative entrance screen. The three main piers carry the gates and stand approximately 2 meters high with square moulded bases. Above the base each face of each pier is defined by a rectangular panel created with the use of decorative stone beading with small flowers depicted within each corner. Above the panels a moulded cornice is surmounted by a shallow pyramidal Ashlar cap. Slightly shorter and less decorative piers support the cast iron screen at each end.

Each of the double gates has five vertical bars, a curved diagonal tie and horizontal bands below. The lower section has scrolls of thorny stems with a seven petalled flower in the centre and a band of scroll decoration above. To the side of the curving tie bar, ornate vine like decoration with one sided palmette leaves define the upper corners of the main gate. The side gate is of a similar style but with crossing curved bars marking the central panel, the initials 'HCR' (Henry C Renshaw) are cast at the cross point. The screen linking the main gates to the outer piers is curved in plan and sits on a low stone wall, it is simpler in design than the gates but continues the horizontal banding along the top and lower edge of the screen and scrolling decorative detail along the lower edge.

HISTORY
The gates, gate piers and elaborate screens to Bank Hall were built in 1867 by J. Lowe of Manchester for Henry Renshaw. Documents dating to February and July 1867 from J. Lowe to the owner confirm the cost and illustrations of three options for the intricate detailing of the gates. The first document provides three options for the gate and screen design of which option three was finally selected and survives in situ today, the second document is an estimate for the work which amounts to £11 and 15/-.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The gates, gate piers and screen to Bank Hall are designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural Interest: as an imposing and impressive entrance to Bank Hall (Grade II). They are a distinctive example of their type.
* Historic Interest: Documentary evidence of the designer and cost adds interest.
* Group Value: Still functioning as an entrance the gates, gate piers and screen have group value with Bank Hall which is designated at Grade II.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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