Eccleston Ferry House

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Eccleston Ferry House
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Eccleston Ferry House
Location Eccleston, Cheshire, England
Coordinates 53°09′12″N 2°52′28″W / 53.1533°N 2.8745°W / 53.1533; -2.8745Coordinates: 53°09′12″N 2°52′28″W / 53.1533°N 2.8745°W / 53.1533; -2.8745
OS grid reference SJ 416 622
Built 1887
Built for Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster
Architect John Douglas
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 22 August 1984
Reference no. 1130635
Eccleston Ferry House is located in Cheshire
Eccleston Ferry House
Location in Cheshire

Eccleston Ferry House is a farmhouse to the southeast of the village of Eccleston, Cheshire, England. It is situated on the east bank of the River Dee near the site of an ancient ferry crossing of the river The house is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]

History[edit]

The house was built in 1887 for Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster and designed by the Chester architect John Douglas.

Architecture[edit]

The farmhouse is constructed in Ruabon red brick, with red sandstone dressings and some timber framing, on a stone plinth. The main front faces the river and has four bays. The right bay projects forwards and has two storeys; the lower storey is in brick and is canted, the upper storey is timber-framed and has a gable. The middle two bays contain a porch and a dormer, and the left bay has some brick diapering.[1]

Associated structures[edit]

In the garden is a structure described as a bandstand or a café. It was also designed by Douglas for the duke, and was used for visitors taking boat trips on the adjacent River Dee. It is an open timber-framed building with a timber balustrade standing on a sandstone plinth, and with a red tiled roof. The structure has a tiebeam inscribed with the date 1888, and carrying a plaster panel depicting a goddess with serpent staff and a cornucopia, which is flanked by dolphins and with the motto "PEACE AND PLENTY". It is also designated as a Grade II listed building.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Eccleston Ferry Farmhouse (1130635)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012
  2. ^ Historic England, "Bandstand in Eccleston Ferry Farmhouse garden, Huntington (1130636)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 July 2013