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Royd House, Hale

Description: Royd House

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 October 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 212892

OS Grid Reference: SJ7834886681
OS Grid Coordinates: 378348, 386681
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3765, -2.3269

Location: A538, Trafford WA14 2EF

Locality: Hale
County: Trafford
Country: England
Postcode: WA14 2EF

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Listing Text

(south west

7/132 No. 224 (Royd
13.10.75 House)

G.V. I

House. 1914-16. Edgar Wood for himself. Brick with flat
concrete roof. 2-storey Y-shaped plan, the stem being at the
rear. 3 concaved sides, the rear being flat. Circular
entrance hall gives access to service rooms at front, living
and dining at rear (south) and a single-storey appendage to
the left which is the only break of external symmetry. The
plan is an expression of the freedom allowed by concrete
roof construction. Elevations generally have stone coped
parapets and moulded brick corner details. Treatment is
somewhat reticent apart from the coloured tile panel
patterned with variations on a lozenge theme superimposed
centrally above the front door which continues the same
theme in once brightly coloured paint and relief. The
recessed porch has plain columns and a coffered ceiling and
there is a 2-light stone mullioned window placed centrally
in the tile panel above. On either side on each floor is a
2-light timber mullioned casement window with segmental
brick arch and glazing bars. 2 rainwater downpipes with
enriched hoppers complete the symmetry. The 2 flat facets
at right angles to the quadrant have 3-light mullion windows
as above on each floor. The concave side elevations are
each symmetrical about a central doorway; that to the right
has a plain stone door surround, flat canopy, one 1-light
and three 2-light windows and that to the left three 1-light
and two 2-light windows as well as the single storey wing.
The parapet is stepped and has recessed brick panels. 3-bay
rear with central canted bay window with stone mullions and
transoms on the ground floor, mullioned to first floor and a
pierced parapet above. 3-light mullion and transom window to
either side on ground floor and 3-light mullioned on first
all with segmental brick heads and glazing bars. Interior:
circular hall has stone paved floor with 4 brightly coloured
mosaic panels. All the doors which open off it have lozenge
shaped stencilled arabesque or zig-zag design panels in
greens, blues, reds and white. There is a similar double
door between dining and living rooms, the dining room having
a walnut cabinet designed by Sellers in a semi-circular
recess and the living room a variously coloured marble fire
surround. Another room has a plain grey and buff coloured
sandstone fire surround. The attached garden and bounding
walls are designed integrally, the lozenge theme re-
occurring in the brick and stone paviors of the formal
pathways 2 of which are terminated by arched niches with
lead statues in the bounding wall. The driveway wall
reflects the perforated parapet of the rear; and the curve of
the bounding walls the curve of the facades. One of the most
advanced examples of early C20 domestic architecture in
terms of planning, construction and detailing. Alistair
Service,Edwardian Architecture and its Origins, p.328,
(Architectural Press) 1975. J.H.G.Archer, "Edgar Wood: A
notable Manchester Architect". Transactions of the
Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, Vol. LXXIV 1963-
4 p.153.

Listing NGR: SJ7834886681

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Source: English Heritage

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