The Wrinehill Summerhouse
Wrinehill shown within Staffordshire
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Wrinehill, also called Checkley cum Wrinehill, is a village in the north-west of Staffordshire on the A531 road lying adjacent to the southern border of Cheshire in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. For many years it was claimed by both counties but reportedly came under official Staffordshire administration in 1965. It lies 1 mile south of and forms a continuous linear settlement with Betley.
Wrinehill had two listed buildings of architectural interest. First, the early 16th century half-timbered Old Medicine House, which, when threatened with imminent demolition, was bought for £1, dismantled and rebuilt in 1971 at Blackden Heath, near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire.
Second, it is still home to the Wrinehill Summer House, a grade 2 listed building dating from c.1700, formerly owned by the Earl of Wilton and now a private residence. Located on the main road opposite the Blue Bell Inn, the Summerhouse is a very impressive building; it "has three bays but, nevertheless, displays a grand facade with giant pilasters, pediments and segmented headed windows." It is "an old home of Thomas Egerton, 1st Earl of Wilton which has also been a barracks and a shop. It is built of brick on a stone base and inside is a handsome oak staircase...the flat roof, it is said, was for the Earl of Wilton to use as a view-point to watch the fox hunt." Sometime in the late 19th century it was the home of 'Johnson's Celebrated Ointment Manufactory.'
- The Old Medicine House
- Michael Raven, A Guide to Staffordshire and the Black Country, 2004, page 210
- Michael Raven, A Guide to Staffordshire and the Black Country, 2004, page 34
- Alan Cookman, The Crown Inn, Wrinehill: The Cookman Review, This is Staffordshire, 21-July-2008 (reprinted from The Sentinel, Dec 2007)
- The Hand and Trumpet, Wrinehill
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