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Greater Manchester Police Training School Sedgley House, Prestwich

Description: Greater Manchester Police Training School Sedgley House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 24 May 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 210768

OS Grid Reference: SD8212802699
OS Grid Coordinates: 382128, 402699
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5207, -2.2710

Location: 2 Queen's Drive, Prestwich M25 0HQ

Locality: Prestwich
County: Bury
Country: England
Postcode: M25 0HQ

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Listing Text

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10/201 Greater Manchester Police
Training School (Sedgley
House) Prestwich


Former house, now a College. 1850s, extended and refurbished between 1875 and
1900 for the Petrocokino family. Red brick in Flemish bond with brick dress-
ings; Welsh slate roofs. Plan: the 1850s house has a central entrance hall
flanked by dining and drawing rooms (to S) with open-well stair hall to rear,
and an office and garden room along E side. Services form a NW wing with
service stair tower built into the angle thus formed. Parallel service and
private corridors connect this building with the later extension which is not of
special interest. Billiard room to rear. 2 storeys and attic. Exterior:
Front: 3 bays, all steeply gabled, the outer bays projecting to form shallow
wings with canted storeyed bay windows. Porch with wide arch, buttresses with
set-offs, and pierced parapets. Bay windows of 1:3:1 lights with stone mullions
and transoms; all other windows of 2 lights. Bargeboarding to wings, stone
coping to central gable. Right return, also of 3 bays, all under gables with
varied detailing; asymmetrical but regular fenestration of 2, 3 and 4 lights
(mullions and transoms), one (to study) recessed behind wide arch. Left return
with one gabled window bay (treated as to other elevations) and a 3-stage stair
tower to junction with services. Rear: 2:1:2 bays, treated similarly to other
elevations, the centre bay projecting with corbelled angles to attic. Stacks
truncated. The exterior is compressed and competently handled. A remarkably
intact and elaborate late-Victorian interior. Entrance hall: glazed and
panelled porch screen; Minton tiled floor; bulky wooden fire-surround with lamps
and clock bearing the monogram of Themistocles, Petrocokino. Dining room (left,
SW): panelled doors and walls, buffet recess, panelled ceiling and Gothic fire-
place all of 1850s; elaborate brass chandelier. Colour scheme and curtain
pelmets later C19. Dining room (right, SE): with the exception of the panelled
door, all late C19 and designed in an Adamesque fashion. Elaborate overmantel
and mirror surrounds, wooden, by James Lamb (an important Manchester cabinet
maker); stencilled ceiling with 2 oil paintings contained within lunettes; coved
cornice. An important room for its date. Study with 1850s fireplace and Art
Nouveau hearth tiles and light fittings. Garden room: marble Gothic fireplace
of 1850s. Sumptuously decorated ceiling (dated 1883) with painting on canvas of
cornucopia, ribbons, garlands and birds. Some minor alterations of c1900 do not
detract from the quality of this scheme. Stairs with cast-iron balustrade,
complex pierced tracery panels containing the Petrocokino monogram. 2 statue
niches on lower landing. Billiard room with late C19 fittings.

Listing NGR: SD8212802699

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Source: English Heritage

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