Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building, Manchester
|Churchgate and Lee House|
Churchgate and Lee House
Location within Greater Manchester
|Former names||Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building|
|Town or city||Manchester|
|Owner||Helical Bar PLC|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||J. Gibbons Sankey|
|Main contractor||Capital Properties (UK) Ltd|
The Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building (subsequently Churchgate House) at No. 56 Oxford Street, in Manchester, England, is a late Victorian warehouse and office block built in a neo-Baroque style for Tootal Broadhurst Lee, a firm of textile manufacturers. It was designed by J. Gibbons Sankey and constructed between 1896 and 1898. It has been designated a Grade II* listed building.
Nikolaus Pevsner's The Buildings of England describes the warehouse as "large, in red brick stripped with orange terracotta, but comparatively classical". It has a "massive central round-headed doorway with banded surround and cartouche dated 1896, set in (an) architrave of coupled banded columns and (a) broken pediment".
The interior has been redesigned, but a First World War memorial by Henry Sellers has been retained, being "marble, with a niche from which the figure (has been) stolen".
Behind it and not visible from the street is Lee House, the stub of what would have been the tallest building in Europe at 217 ft., a 17-storey warehouse of the same firm (planned 1928; part completed 1931). Both Churchgate House and Lee House are on the north bank of the Rochdale Canal; Great Bridgewater Street is immediately to the north of them.
- The Buildings of England: Lancashire- Manchester and the South East, p. 321
- Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building 56 - Manchester - Greater Manchester - England | British Listed Buildings
- Pevsner Architectural Guides: Manchester, p. 182
- Sharp, Dennis, et al. (1969) Manchester. London: Studio Vista; p. 33
- Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew & Pevsner, Nikolaus, The Buildings of England: Lancashire: Manchester and the South East (2004) Yale University Press
- Hartwell, Clare, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Manchester (2002) Yale University Press
- British Listed Buildings
- Churchgate & Lee House Website