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Manchester Polytechnic, Didsbury School of Education (Original Portion Only), Manchester

Description: Manchester Polytechnic, Didsbury School of Education (Original Portion Only)

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 458452

OS Grid Reference: SJ8479590600
OS Grid Coordinates: 384795, 390600
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4120, -2.2302

Location: A5145, Manchester, Greater Manchester M20 2RR

Locality: Manchester
County: Manchester
Country: England
Postcode: M20 2RR

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Listing Text


SJ8490 WILMSLOW ROAD, Didsbury
698-1/25/675 (East side)
25/02/52 Manchester Polytechnic, Didsbury
School of Education (original
portion only)
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Didsbury College of Education)


House, c.1790, altered with extensive additions as Wesleyan
Theological College 1842; subsequently altered, and now part
of Manchester Polytechnic School of Education. Sandstone
ashlar facades, with rear and courtyard walls of red brick in
Flemish bond with sandstone dressings, slate roofs with glazed
skylights. Four ranges of building enclosing a large
rectangular courtyard, with the original house forming an
entrance block at the west end, and the ends of the rear range
projected as short wings. Classical style. The facade has a
3-storey 5-bay centre breaking forwards, but is otherwise
2-storeyed, with 2-bay side ranges, and end pavilions breaking
forwards; the ground floor has channelled rustication, the
centre has giant pilasters above this level with acanthus and
reed caps, and a pediment, and the end pavilions have paired
pilasters; the doorway in the centre is square-headed, with a
moulded surround; the end pavilions have tripartite windows,
those to the left altered (with stained glass), otherwise all
windows are sashed with glazing bars, mostly 12-paned but with
9-pane sashes at 2nd floor. The 3-bay return walls have paired
pilasters and similar sashed windows; and continued to the
rear of these are lower 12-bay side ranges which have 12-pane
sashes at ground floor and 9-pane sashes above, and terminate
with rear wings in matching style. The rear range is 16 bays,
with pilastered end bays, and the centre rebuilt (in buff
brick) with a passage through. The courtyard sides of these
ranges have sandstone plinths, bands to both floors, cornices
and blocking courses, and 12- and 9-pane sashes with
flat-arched heads. Linked to the rear of the entrance block is
a former external kitchen over extensive basements, with a
small basement area on its north side. (C20 additions attached
to south-east corner). Interior: entrance hall with screen of
reeded columns distyle in antis, elliptical open-well
staircase with wrought-iron balustrade, coved niches and
elliptical-arched sashed windows with intersecting glazing
bars; axial corridors at 1st floor of side wings, lit by
continuous ridged skylights with tilting casement windows;
extensive storage basements connected to kitchen range by
dumb-waiter (remains of).

Listing NGR: SJ8479590600

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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