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Description: The Mount House,with Railings Gates and Gate Piers on North Side
Date Listed: 17 September 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 132149
OS Grid Reference: ST7692390772
OS Grid Coordinates: 376923, 190772
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6153, -2.3347
ST 79 SE ALDERLEY ALDERLEY VILLAGE
8/4 The Mount House, with railings,
gates and piers on north side.
Large detached house. Late C17 core, altered to south 1756, to
north 1785. Rendered, with stone dentil cornice and parapet,
Cotswold stone slate roof hipped to the west, brick stacks. Double
range with angled corner to north east and large canted bays to
each range at west end. 2 storeys and attic. North front of 7
windows, mostly original 12-pane sashes with moulded stone
architraves. Doorcase to right of centre with moulded stone
architrave, dentil pediment supported on fluted consoles, and fine
6-panel door with fielded panels and retaining original lock and
key in working order. South front of 6 uneven bays with central
round-headed windows on each floor, remaining windows as north
front. Doorcase to right of centre up 3 curved moulded stone steps,
with plain pediment supported on fluted consoles and with 6-panel
door with top 2 panels glazed, also with original lock gear.
Interior: Most of the original joinery of the C18 survives,
including very fine wooden staircase in entrance hall with carved
string, turned balusters, and ramped handrail. On north side of
house, wrought iron double gates with raised central scrolled
motif, flanking rusticated stone piers on moulded bases with fluted
frieze and rounded pyramidal copings. To each side, railings with
inset diamond pattern on stone base with stone piers marking ends
of house, slightly smaller than gatepiers and of ashlar with fluted
frieze. This was the last residence of Marianne North, botanist,
died 1890, and she laid out the gardens during 1880s. Some of the
original layout and plants still survive, including a stone sundial
with a bronze memorial plaque to her last pet opossum mouse, Sir
Henry, brought from Tasmania. She is buried in the churchyard of
the Church of St. Kenelm (q.v.).
Listing NGR: ST7692390772
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