Description: Prospect Tower and Attached Wing
Date Listed: 20 November 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 275239
OS Grid Reference: SJ8967755341
OS Grid Coordinates: 389677, 355341
Latitude/Longitude: 53.0952, -2.1556
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BIDDULPH C.P. KNYPERSLEY
SJ 85 NE
SJ 896 553
7/33 Prospect Tower and
- attached wing
Prospect tower. Dated 1828. Coursed stone, rock-faced quoins; flat
roof invisible behind parapet. Large chimney adds drama to skyline,
formerly 3 diagonally-set shafts, 2 still survive. Octagonal tower
with screen wall to side wing. Tower: of 3 stages on battered plinth;
first stage defined by string; machicolated parapet formerly crenellated.
Round-arch mullioned 2-light windows in labelled chamfered, deep reveals,
to first and second stages, similar single light to top stage; labelled
datestone on the north-east face of the top stage. Entrance to east side.
Plinth extended to south to take short single-storey link to attached wing
formerly with corbelled parapet. Three labelled 1- and 2-light windows
similar to remainder. John Bateman, the horticulturist, started his
landscaping ambitions at his Father's house, Knypersley Hall
before moving on to Biddulph Grange (q.v.), completed in the 1860's.
The Tower, therefore, probably marks the debut period of his work,
and clearly owes a debt to Clytha Castle (Gwent); what is there idyllic
is here transformed into a rugged picturesqueness, more in keeping with
developments later in the C19.
Listing NGR: SJ8967755341
Source: English Heritage
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