Wrexham Road Farm, Eccleston

Wrexham Road Farm was a farmhouse and farm buildings lying to the east of Wrexham Road, Eccleston, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building,[1] and it is now located within Chester Business Park.

Wrexham Road Farm
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Wrexham Road Farm in 1888
LocationEccleston, Cheshire, England
Coordinates53°09′41″N 2°54′09″W / 53.1614°N 2.9026°W / 53.1614; -2.9026Coordinates: 53°09′41″N 2°54′09″W / 53.1614°N 2.9026°W / 53.1614; -2.9026
OS grid referenceSJ 398 631
Built1877–84
Built for1st Duke of Westminster
ArchitectJohn Douglas
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated28 August 1973
Reference no.1138382
Wrexham Road Farm, Eccleston is located in Cheshire
Wrexham Road Farm, Eccleston
Location in Cheshire

HistoryEdit

The farm was built between 1877 and 1884 as a model farm. It was designed by the Chester architect John Douglas for the 1st Duke of Westminster on his Eaton Hall estate.[2] The farmhouse is dated 1880. Douglas had carried out work on the Duke's other farms but this was his first complete farmstead, with the house and the buildings being designed together as a whole. The farm buildings include a barn, shippons, stables, carthouses, piggeries and a dovecote.[2] The buildings are no longer used as a farm and have been converted into offices as part of the Chester Business Park.[3]

ArchitectureEdit

 
Wrexham Road Farmhouse in 2010

The farmhouse is built in brick with stone dressings and has two storeys plus attics. The entrance front faces south and has three bays. The central bay projects forwards and includes a doorway with a single-light window on each side. The other bays, on the ground floor, and all bays in the upper storey, have five-light mullioned windows. All three bays are surmounted by Dutch gables with ball finials. The gables in the lateral bays each contain a small two-light window; the central bay has an oval window. The west face of the farmhouse also has two Dutch gables and stone mullioned windows. The other two faces are plain. A covered passage links the house to the farm buildings. Together with the farmhouse, the farm buildings form a quadrangle. The buildings are in one and two storeys, built in brick, and have steep roofs. The entrance arch has a half-timbered upper storey. In the northeast corner of the farmyard is a dovecote surmounted by a spire.[1][2] In 1888 Douglas submitted his design for this building and for Saighton Lane Farm at the Royal Academy.[4] The authors of the Buildings of England express the opinion that this is "one of the most agreeable of all Douglas' model farms".[5]

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ReferencesEdit

Citations

  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Wrexham Road Farmhouse and Farmbuildings, Eccleston (1138382)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012
  2. ^ a b c Hubbard 1991, pp. 93–95.
  3. ^ Thacker, A. T.; Lewis, C. P. (eds.) (2003), Twentieth century Chester 1914-2000: The economy, 1974-2000, A History of the County of Chester: The City of Chester: General History and Topography, 5, Part 1, pp. 266–269, retrieved 12 January 2010CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Hubbard 1991, p. 160.
  5. ^ Hartwell et al. 2011, pp. 354–355.

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