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Description: 1 and 3, Highfield Park
Date Listed: 23 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 210894
OS Grid Reference: SJ8688490698
OS Grid Coordinates: 386884, 390698
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4129, -2.1988
1. HIGHFIELD PARK
5086 (east side)
17/190 Nos. 1 and 3
House now 2 dwellings. c 1830, altered late C19, subdivided c 1928. Stuccoed
brick, graduated Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys with cellars, 5 bays with 1-storey,
l-bay addition to front left and 2-storey, 3-bay wing to rear right. Bay 3 is
narrow, recessed and has original porch with part-glazed double door and cusped-
tracery fanlight beneath chamfered Tudor arch with headmould; embattled parapet
rising to peak over door. Across bays 4 and 5 is a canted, 1-storey bay window
having large 4-pane sashes with hoodmoulds; blank shield to parapet as porch.
To bays 1 and 2 are later, rectangular bay windows having casements with transoms
and flat roofs. 1st floor: blocks to projecting sills of tall paired sashes
with margin-glazed, Tudor-arched lights; bay 3 has later casement; windows of
bays 3 and 4 have hoodmoulds and are set beneath gables with applied studding
and plain bargeboards. Altered brick stacks to left end, to near-centre of
ridge and behind ridge on right. C20 addition to left of main range has 4-light
transom window and parapet as main porch. Right return: gabled main range;
windows as front. Wing set back on right has 1-storey rectangular bay window
with shield beneath parapet as porch.
Interior: Main ground-floor rooms of No. 1 have floral-tile insets to cast-iron
fireplaces in Gothic-style marble surrounds (the left room has later mahogany
overmantel); both bay windows have stained-glass transom lights and both rooms
have moulded plaster ceilings with geometric design incorporating fleur-de-lys
and fruiting vines. The 1-storey addition has an Edwardian chimneypiece and dado
panelling said to be from a former, detached billiard room to rear of the house.
1st floor: patent, Edwardian bath/shower compartment; mid C19 cast-iron/tile
fireplaces in marble surrounds. No. 3: part-glazed, panelled inner porch doors
have Tudor-arched lights and painted-glass Gothick fanlight. Front-right room
has enriched cornice; room to rear wing has moulded plaster ceiling with clustered-
heart motifs. Staircase and landing balustrade of cusped, cast-iron panels to
wooden handrail; Tudor arches off landing lit by painted-glass lantern.
Highfield House, as it was known, has James Pritchard as its first recorded
occupant; he was succeeded by Samuel Lamb in 1832 then members of the Marsland
family from 1847 (Eaton p.18). The house is clearly shown in an established
setting on the 1848 Tithe Map; it then occupied a fashionable, elevated site
overlooking the Mersey Valley.
J Eaton, 'Heaton Mersey 1188 to 1981', typescript in Stockport Central Library.
Listing NGR: SJ8688490698
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