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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: WEBB ORPHANAGE NOW WEBB HOUSE.

List entry Number: 1136287

Location

WEBB ORPHANAGE NOW WEBB HOUSE., VICTORIA AVENUE

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Cheshire EastUnitary AuthorityNon Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 25-Jul-1989

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 56720

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Summary of Building

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History

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Details

In the entry for:

SJ 65 NE FORMER BOROUGH OF CREWE VICTORIA AVENUE

1/78 Webb Orphanage now Webb House

GV II

The item no shall be amended to read:

SJ 65 NE FORMER BOROUGH OF CREWE VICTORIA AVENUE

1/66 Webb Orphanage now Webb House

GV II (This building was added to 30th list by 1st amendment, dated 25 July 1989).

------------------------------------ The following building shall be added to the list:-

SJ 55 NE FORMER BOROUGH OF CREWE VICTORIA AVENUE

1/78 Webb Orphanage now Webb House.

GV II

Formerly an orphanage, 1909 (porch foundation stone) by John Brooke, architect, of Manchester for the Trust set up under the will of Francis William Webb, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Western Railway Company. The building is now the British Rail Board Operations Training Centre. Accrington red brick with stone dressing and slate roof. 2 storeys, with attic to the 5 centre bays only, 23 bays arranged 1-8-5-8-1 with end and centre bays projecting forward. Back to back "E" shaped plan. A Tuscan Distyle in Antis, single storey porch, with flat roof and flanking bay windows, in pairs, fronts the centre gabled projection. Central first floor sash with moulded stone architraves, large keystone, and open segmental pediment is flanked by pairs of similar sashes with head cornices. The two end bays slightly project with solid stone above window head level, this flanks a raised panel with the words "Webb Orphanage". The gable is a stone open pediment with stone single keyed oculus and festoons in the brick filled tympanum. The 8 bay wings, which flank the entrance porch, are set back 8 yards. Recessed sashes, plain lower light, glazing bars above, on sill band at ground floor and moulded string above all with wedge arches. The soffit ovolo mould and ogee moulded gutter intersect with the stone cornice moulds from the end gables. The projecting bays have half brick projecting corner pilasters with alternate bands of brick and stone. These flank single storey canted stone bay windows with sashes, moulded cornices and flat roofs with pairs of sashes at first floor level. The brick filled stone gable pediments each contain a plain central cartouche. A square timber clock turret sits astride the ridge of the central section, this has four clock faces and cupola. High standing brick ridge and lateral chimneys and stone caps. Interior. The entrance to the building is via a pair of 5 panel doors flanked by semicircular headed niches under a three light overlight with glazing bars. A small internal porch fronts a vestibule screen which consists of a pair of half glazed doors with pulvinated lock rail which is flanked by narrow wing lights and surmounted by a 3 light overlight with glazing bars. Panelled Entrance Hall, 2 panels high and has projecting dado and frieze rails. There are two 5 panelled doors each side with pulvinated lock rail. To the rear, a long panelled public room, again with moulded dado and frieze rails, with a pair of half glazed doors with wing lights but no overlight. Wings to left and right of the Entrance Hall have matching 5 panel doors, moulded dado and frieze rails to plastered walls. Stone staircases with square metal balusters with scroll features and metal moulded handrails. The small secondary staircase to the attic is of timber. Many original panelled doors survive throughout the building. Rear elevations and support buildings are in keeping and the fenestration is unaltered.

Sources. A history of Francis William Webb and the Webb Orphanage commissioned by the British Rail Board Operations Training Centre.

Listing NGR: SJ6868855975

Selected Sources

Books and journals
British Rail Board Operations Training Centre, , A History of Francis William Webb and the Webb Orphanage

National Grid Reference: SJ6868855975

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