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Parrs Wood House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Didsbury East, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4093 / 53°24'33"N

Longitude: -2.2173 / 2°13'2"W

OS Eastings: 385648

OS Northings: 390302

OS Grid: SJ856903

Mapcode National: GBR DYY0.RK

Mapcode Global: WHB9V.XK9P

Entry Name: Parrs Wood House

Listing Date: 25 February 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1254971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 458454

Location: Manchester, M20

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Didsbury East

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Didsbury St James and Emmanuel

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


698-1/9/678 (East side)
25/02/52 Parrs Wood House


Country house, now student hostel. Probably late C18; altered.
Scored stucco, hipped slate roof. Square main block facing
west with 2 unequal service wings on north side. Two storeys
and 3 bays plus a 3-window service range to the left, with
plinth, 1st-floor band, and cornice below eaves level, all
carried round. The principal element is symmetrical, with a
pedimented centre which has a prominent bowed porch at ground
floor with engaged wooden Tuscan columns and antae, a triglyph
frieze with oxen skull metopes, cornice with wrought-iron
balustrade, a round-headed doorway with 9-panel door and plain
fanlight, and curved sashed windows. These and all other
sashed windows have margin panes. The ground floor has large
tripartite sashes in segmental blank arches; the 1st floor has
a sashed window in the centre flanked by coved niches, a
similar window to the left and a blind window to the right.
The service wing to the left, which breaks forward, has 3
similar sashes on each floor and a flat-roofed porch attached
to the corner, with a round-headed doorway which has a
fanlight with radiating glazing bars. Various ridge chimneys.
The 5-window south front has a central 2-storey 3-window bow
with a cast-iron balcony to 1st floor supported by very
slender iron columns, and fenestration otherwise matching the
front. The east side, a 7+4 window range, has (inter alia) a
single-storey 3-window bow at the south end, a pedimented
centre to the front of the service wing at the north end,
sashed windows like the others (and a C20 external corridor
attached at ground floor). Interior: entrance vestibule with
diamond-pattern marble paving, 2 mahogany panelled doors in
each side, and a principal doorway with classical architrave;
central staircase hall illuminated by a domed skylight and
containing a flying imperial staircase with half-landings
carried on Tuscan columns, Ionic screens to the landing with
rosette frieze and dentilled cornice, doorways with
architraves including relief panels depicting classical scenes
of rural life; fine decoration in south and east rooms,
including fireplaces (one with Ionic columns, the other with
herms), moulded plaster friezes and modillioned cornices;
elliptical room at 1st floor formerly similar to Cupola Room
at Heaton Hall, but decoration recently collapsed. History:
may have been designed by a member of the Wyatt family; was
owned by Richard Farington, brother of the diarist Joseph
Farington, a frequent visitor until his accidental death in
Didsbury church in 1821.

Listing NGR: SJ8564890302

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