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IoE Number: 212892
Location: ROYD HOUSE, 224 HALE ROAD (south west side)
Photographer: Mr Barrie S. Dixon
Date Photographed: 08 September 1999
Date listed: 13 October 1975
Date of last amendment: 13 October 1975
Grade I

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SJ 78 NEHALEHALE ROAD(south westside)7/132No. 224 (Royd

SJ 78 NE HALE HALE ROAD (south west side) 7/132 No. 224 (Royd 13.10.75 House) G.V. I House. 1914-16. Edgar Wood for himself. Brick with flat concrete roof. 2-storey Y-shaped plan, the stem being at the rear. 3 concaved sides, the rear being flat. Circular entrance hall gives access to service rooms at front, living and dining at rear (south) and a single-storey appendage to the left which is the only break of external symmetry. The plan is an expression of the freedom allowed by concrete roof construction. Elevations generally have stone coped parapets and moulded brick corner details. Treatment is somewhat reticent apart from the coloured tile panel patterned with variations on a lozenge theme superimposed centrally above the front door which continues the same theme in once brightly coloured paint and relief. The recessed porch has plain columns and a coffered ceiling and there is a 2-light stone mullioned window placed centrally in the tile panel above. On either side on each floor is a 2-light timber mullioned casement window with segmental brick arch and glazing bars. 2 rainwater downpipes with enriched hoppers complete the symmetry. The 2 flat facets at right angles to the quadrant have 3-light mullion windows as above on each floor. The concave side elevations are each symmetrical about a central doorway; that to the right has a plain stone door surround, flat canopy, one 1-light and three 2-light windows and that to the left three 1-light and two 2-light windows as well as the single storey wing. The parapet is stepped and has recessed brick panels. 3-bay rear with central canted bay window with stone mullions and transoms on the ground floor, mullioned to first floor and a pierced parapet above. 3-light mullion and transom window to either side on ground floor and 3-light mullioned on first all with segmental brick heads and glazing bars. Interior: circular hall has stone paved floor with 4 brightly coloured mosaic panels. All the doors which open off it have lozenge shaped stencilled arabesque or zig-zag design panels in greens, blues, reds and white. There is a similar double door between dining and living rooms, the dining room having a walnut cabinet designed by Sellers in a semi-circular recess and the living room a variously coloured marble fire surround. Another room has a plain grey and buff coloured sandstone fire surround. The attached garden and bounding walls are designed integrally, the lozenge theme re- occurring in the brick and stone paviors of the formal pathways 2 of which are terminated by arched niches with lead statues in the bounding wall. The driveway wall reflects the perforated parapet of the rear; and the curve of the bounding walls the curve of the facades. One of the most advanced examples of early C20 domestic architecture in terms of planning, construction and detailing. Alistair Service,Edwardian Architecture and its Origins, p.328, (Architectural Press) 1975. J.H.G.Archer, "Edgar Wood: A notable Manchester Architect". Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, Vol. LXXIV 1963- 4 p.153.

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