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Latitude: 53.7058 / 53°42'20"N
Longitude: -1.9208 / 1°55'14"W
OS Eastings: 405328
OS Northings: 423269
OS Grid: SE053232
Mapcode National: GBR HT0L.Y9
Mapcode Global: WHB8N.G3LW
Entry Name: White Windows Cheshire Home
Listing Date: 15 November 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1366162
English Heritage Legacy ID: 339211
Location: Calderdale, HX6
Metropolitan District Ward: Ryburn
Built-Up Area: Sowerby Bridge
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Sowerby St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
SOWERBY BRIDGE FORE LANE AVENUE
SE 0423 & SE 0523
White Windows, Cheshire
House, now Cheshire Home. 1768 with probably earlier ranges. By John Carr for
John Priestley (Kendall plll). Coursed squared stone with ashlar to entrance front;
stone slate roof. 2½ storeys with basement, 7 bays, with 2 possibly-earlier wings
to rear left and a further earlier wing projecting at right angles from left return
set back and at higher level than main front due to slope of ground. Main (south-
east) front: symmetrical facade. Plinth, rusticated basement, rusticated quoins
rising as panelled pilasters on top floor, ground-floor band, moulded 1st- and
2nd-floor cornices. Double flight of steps leads up to main floor. It has iron
handrail with wavy and decoratively-scrolled balusters and under it a C20 door
masks original rusticated doorway. Main double-door with overlight and architrave
set in surround with pulvinated frieze, cornice and swan-neck pediment. Basement
has fixed 6-pane windows under lintels incised as flat arches; other windows have
moulded architraves, sashes with glazing bars to ground and 1st floors, 6-pane
sashes and C20 casements to 2nd floor. Hipped roof with 4 central corniced stacks
linked by balustrade. C20 single-storey addition on left not of special interest.
Rear: Venetian stair window has keyed plain stone surround and thick glazing bars.
Moulded gutter brackets. On right, paired gabled wings project having quoins,
flat-faced mullion windows and a doorway with tie-stone jambs. c1980 addition
projecting on left not of special interest. Right return: 5 bays. Rusticated
quoins, plain bands, moulded cornice. Sashes with glazing bars to ground-and lst-
floors, all windows in raised plain surrounds. Left return: main block as right
return, ground-floor masked by C20 glass lean-to (not of special interest) . On
left earlier range projects having quoins and.; to right return, a 5-light flat-
faced mullion window to lst floor (mullions recessed). Interior: entrance hall:
remains of moulded cornice soffit, date inside front door (not seen at resurvey).
Front left room has elaborate fireplace with floral frieze and over-mantel; moulded
panels and cornice. Front right room has floral-decorated dentil cornice. Main
stair: dog-leg, cantilevered, open-string, balustrade as to front steps with inter-
mediate floral-decorated scrolled balusters, gun-barre1 newel, moulded handrail.
Stair window has Ionic columns, elaborate cornice and over central light the
Priestley coat of arms flanked by festoons. 1st-floor stair hall has moulded panels
and cornice. Full-height back stairs: dog-leg, open-string with turned balusters
and ramped handrail (partly-replaced). John Priestley bought the estate in 1765
and built the new house 1767-68. The stair hall and both stairs are almost
identical to those at Haugh End House (q.v) which was also by Carr far Priestley's
father-in-law, John Lea. John's son, Joseph, was a JP and the room now used as
a shop was used as the Justices Room (Kendall, p1ll) - the name John is incised
in the glass of one of the windows (not seen at resurvey).
H P Kendall, 'Famous Sowerby Mansion', Halifax Antiquarian Society, Vol 3 (1906),
Listing NGR: SE0532823269
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