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Ornamental Bridge over the Rising Brook, c.100m to the south-west of Lakeside

A Grade II Listed Building in Rugeley, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7589 / 52°45'31"N

Longitude: -1.9438 / 1°56'37"W

OS Eastings: 403886

OS Northings: 317917

OS Grid: SK038179

Mapcode National: GBR 3BD.1C3

Mapcode Global: WHBF3.3XMC

Entry Name: Ornamental Bridge over the Rising Brook, c.100m to the south-west of Lakeside

Listing Date: 19 January 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1405715

Location: Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, WS15

County: Staffordshire

District: Cannock Chase

Civil Parish: Rugeley

Built-Up Area: Rugeley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Brereton and Rugeley

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Summary

A 1790s ornamental stone bridge spanning the Rising Brook and once forming part of the landscaped grounds of Hagley Hall (demolished c.1932).

Description

Ornamental bridge, built in the 1790s for Assheton Curzon of Hagley Hall, possibly by Joe Illidge of Northwitch and Lostock.

MATERIALS: stone with wrought and cast iron.

DESCRIPTION: a single-span ornamental bridge consisting of a low segmental arch constructed from rusticated V-jointed voussoirs, which have vermiculated rustication. The abutments have shallow rustication with V-jointed ashlar and a band of stone coping carved with vitruvian scroll ornamentation runs across the top of the stonework. Surmounting this is a wrought-iron balustrade which is ornamented with a lattice pattern to the lower section over which runs a band of concentric circles. This, in turn, is topped by a cast-iron hand rail; a section of balustrade to the west face is missing. The four circular stone end piers are surmounted by stone vases; that to the south-west is inscribed JOE ILLIDGE NORTHWICH and that to the north-west is inscribed JOE ILLIDGE LOSTOCK

History

In 1752 Hagley Hall passed into the ownership of Assheton Curzon (1730-1820) who, in the late C18, remodelled the house and re-designed the surrounding landscape. This landscaping, which included works to both the house’s gardens and Hagley Park, resulted in several weirs and an ornamental bridge being constructed along the course of the Rising Brook, a watercourse that flows down from Cannock Chase, through Hagley Park and the neighbouring town of Rugeley before entering the River Trent. A grotto, which was also constructed at this time, stands c.105m to the north-east of the ornamental bridge and is listed at Grade II. In 1864 the hall was purchased by William Harrison, a local colliery owner, who augmented the brook with an ornamental pond which was constructed c.55 metres to the south-east of the bridge. The hall was sold to the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company in 1919 who, in around 1932, demolished the majority of the house, leaving only the central portion which had contained the kitchen and service quarters. This was acquired by Rugeley Urban District Council in 1967 for use as an arts centre before it was demolished c.1985 when the site was developed for housing. The ornamental bridge, along with the pond and one of the weirs, now survive within a private garden.

Reasons for Listing

The ornamental bridge is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural interest: for its simple, but carefully executed, V-joined rusticated masonry and vitruvian scroll decorative detail;
* Intactness: as a substantially intact ornamental garden feature dating from the 1790s;
* Group Value: for its association with the Grade II Listed Grotto situated c.55m to the south-east.

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