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Two gate piers associated with the former Stone Lodge in Rivington Gardens at SD 6383 1396

A Grade II Listed Building in Rivington, Lancashire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.621 / 53°37'15"N

Longitude: -2.5483 / 2°32'53"W

OS Eastings: 363832

OS Northings: 413971

OS Grid: SD638139

Mapcode National: GBR BVNK.3P

Mapcode Global: WH97L.T7QW

Entry Name: Two gate piers associated with the former Stone Lodge in Rivington Gardens at SD 6383 1396

Listing Date: 6 February 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1410815

Location: Rivington, Chorley, Lancashire, BL6

County: Lancashire

District: Chorley

Civil Parish: Rivington

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Rivington

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Summary

Two gate piers associated with the former Stone Lodge in Rivington Gardens.

Description

Two gate piers formerly associated with Stone Lodge built in about 1910 to a design by Thomas Mawson for Lord Leverhulme.

The are situated either side of the track which led from Roynston Lane to Stone Lodge. They are constructed of gritstone in a rustic style, are circular in plan, and stand approximately 1.5m tall. They are topped by a dome which sits on an overhanging course.

History

Rivington Gardens was one of a series of three major private gardens produced by Thomas Hayton Mawson (1861-1933) in collaboration with the industrialist and philanthropist William Hesketh Lever, Lord Leverhulme (1851-1925). The Rivington site was purchased by Lever in 1899 as a parcel of land which included the area now occupied by Lever Park to the west. Lever had already formulated ideas on how the grounds might be developed and in 1901 a single-storey wooden bungalow called 'Roynton Cottage' and intended for weekend visits and shooting parties was designed by Lever's school friend Jonathan Simpson. In 1905 Lever met Mawson who collaborated with him in the design of the gardens over the period 1906-22. However, others were also involved in the design including Thomas's son, Edward Prentice Mawson (1885-1954), who undertook the overall design and in the latter years was as much responsible for the project as his father, Robert Atkinson (1883-1952) who drew illustrations in the journal 'Civic Art' in 1911, and the landscape and architectural firm of James Pulham & Son who, in 1921, were responsible for a Japanese style garden and a steep and rugged ravine with waterfalls. Lever himself also influenced the gardens' layout, designing a seven-arched bridge across Roynton Lane.

In 1913 the bungalow was destroyed by fire then rebuilt on a grander scale. Following Lever's death in 1925 the house and gardens were purchased by John Magee. After Magee's death in 1939 the site was acquired by Liverpool Corporation and in 1948 the bungalow and three entrance lodges were demolished and the gardens became open to the public. In 1974 the site passed to the North West Water Authority following local government reorganisation.

Stone Lodge and its associated gate piers were built in about 1910 to a design by Thomas Mawson. The gate piers have remained in situ after demolition of Stone Lodge.

Reasons for Listing

The gate piers associated with the former Stone Lodge are listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architect: these buildings and features are good examples of the landscape design work of Thomas Mawson;
* Group value: they not only complement the other surrounding listed structures, but are integral components of the designated garden.

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