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Greenbank House University Hostel, Liverpool

Description: Greenbank House University Hostel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 214209

OS Grid Reference: SJ3844387979
OS Grid Coordinates: 338443, 387979
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3851, -2.9269

Location: Greenbank Lane, Liverpool L17 1AH

Locality: Liverpool
County: Liverpool
Country: England
Postcode: L17 1AH

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Listing Text



House. c.1787 or earlier, remodelled and extended 1812-1816,further extended late C19 and altered again to the designs of Quentin Hughes for the University of Liverpool in 1963. Regularly coursed sandstone blocks, horizontally channelled, with ashlar sandstone dressings, cast iron verandah and canopy, all beneath a hipped slate roof.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, 3 x 4 bays. Cornice over ground
floor; 1st floor string course; top cornice. Projecting
central bay flanked by ground floor canted bay windows with
stepped parapets and pointed lights, with diamond panes
throughout. 1st floor has 3-light pointed windows with
cornices. Central bay has pointed chamfered arch with
flanking niche, with panels over. Traceried balcony to 1st
floor.loggia with triple arches, traceried spandrels.
Arched entrances to both floors. Left return has 2-storey
iron verandah, c.1815; the windows behind have label moulds,
casements to ground floor, sashes to lst floor, all with
pointed lights. Later brick service wings to street with bow
windows and sashes (windows renewed). Round stair turret at
rear (facing road), with belfry and spirelet. Long stone
corridor/porch with pointed arched windows. INTERIOR: Much original fabric survives, including a plaster vaulted entrance passage with muchette wheel traceried boss, and gothic staircase with cast-iron balusters and a moulded handrail. In the principal rooms, gothic and classical chimneypieces have been retained, together with gothic shutter boxes and decorative plaster cornices.
HISTORY: The house was leased by the Earl of Sefton to William Rathbone, merchant and ship owner, who subsequently purchased the property c.1787. Hannah Rathbone, grandaughter of Abraham Darby of Coalbrookdale had the house altered and extended c.1812-1816, a remodelling which included both external and internal cast-iron components. The property was given to Liverpool University in 1936.

Listing NGR: SJ3844387979

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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