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Summer House, Betley

Description: Summer House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 2 December 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 273295

OS Grid Reference: SJ7532646996
OS Grid Coordinates: 375326, 346996
Latitude/Longitude: 53.0197, -2.3693

Location: Main Road, Betley, Staffordshire CW3 9BY

Locality: Betley
Local Authority: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
County: Staffordshire
Country: England
Postcode: CW3 9BY

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Listing Text

BETLEY C.P. A.531 (east side)
SJ 74 NE Wrinehill

8/17 Summer House


- II*

House. Circa 1710-20. Red brick (Flemish bond) with ashlar dressings;
plain tile roof; brick stacks. Aligned east-west facing west. 2 storeys
and attic on basement: plinth with moulded coping, first floor band
and boldly moulded eaves cornice. 3 bays with giant pilasters: 24-
pane glazing bar sashes with segmental heads, raised and moulded architraves,
moulded sills and raised keystones; blocked circular basement windows
with moulded surrounds. The attic window is within a pedimented gable,
apparently altered, and is flanked by a pair of rusticated strips which
continue the line of the inner pair of giant pilasters. Central 2-
leaf and half-glazed door with lugged and bolection moulded surround,
fanlight with radiating glazing bars and segmental pediment. The door
is approached by a flight of steps flanked by brick walls which fan out-
wards the bottom where they are terminated by square stone piers. 4-
bay side elevations with 24-pane glazing bar sashes, and C20 casements
at basement level. Plinth, storey band and cornice are continued.
The east elevation has similar windows but without the stone architraves.
Central door at basement level. The attic window is flanked by what
appear to be rusticated quoins of unequal length. This gable like that
to the west has undergone some alteration. Interior. The front door
leads into the entrance hall. A panelled semi-circular arch with raised
key gives access to an early C18 dog-leg staircase with open string,
carved tread ends, slim twisted balusters and a wreathed and ramped handrail
with fluted foot newel. The staircase leads to the services at basement
level and to the upper storeys. A second, service staircase ascends
from the basement to the attic and gives access to the same landing as
the main stair. 4 rooms are entered from the entrance hall. Those
to the rear have large raised wall panels with moulded surrounds, window
seats, and fireplaces and alcoves with bolection moulded surrounds.
Fireplaces with bolection moulded surrounds in the front rooms too.
Some of the upper rooms have low wooden wall panelling. C18 panelled
doors throughout. Chamfered and stopped ceiling beams in the basement
rooms. B.o.E. p.329.

Listing NGR: SJ7532646996

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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