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IoE Number: 57003
Location: ROOKERY HALL, MAIN ROAD
  WORLESTON, CREWE AND NANTWICH, CHESHIRE
Photographer: Mr W. David Lowe
Date Photographed: 03 March 2002
Date listed: 30 October 1978
Date of last amendment: 30 October 1978
Grade II

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WORLESTON C.P.MAIN ROADSJ 65 NE2/92Rookery Hall30 October 1978GVII

WORLESTON C.P. MAIN ROAD SJ 65 NE 2/92 Rookery Hall 30 October 1978 GV II Mansion of early Cl9 origins, extensively altered, late C19, for Baron William Henry Schroder. Yellow sandstone ashlar with slate roof. 2 storeys and basement 5 bays, including stepped back service wing. The projecting entrance porch has a semi-circular archivolt and pilasters to the opening. These are flanked by fluted pilasters, with composite capitals, which support a first floor balcony with segmental central projection and openwork balustrade with ball finials. The porch has a floor of small stone slabs set diagonally and narrow single-light transome windows, with splayed reveals and leaded glazing. Also a 5-panel half glazed door, flanked by side panels, and surmounted by a large fanlight. All the glazing is covered by metal grilles based on scrolls and leaves. North of the porch there is a full height mullion and triple transome window staircase window flanked by Corinthian capped pilasters. The service wing has a first floor string course and stone eaves cornice and part is fronted by a single-storey octagonal bay with wood casements. South of the porch there is a single-storey front to the Drawing Room with three stone mullion and transome windows flanked by ball finial -topped pilasters and surmounted by an openwork balustrade. There is a 4-light mullion and transome window at first floor level in this section. The south end-bay is set forward and has a two-storey, mullion and transome, canted bay window, with Perpendicular treatment to head, at first floor level. There is a corbel table at eaves and this section continues upwards to finish in a wedge shaped pyramid of shaped green Westmorland slates. The main roof has a stone eaves gutter cornice and square corner finials with carved vase faces. The Garden Front (east) has large full height bay windows to Morning and Sitting Rooms and roof level balustrade. The Salon and Sitting Rooms (south) are also fronted by a cast iron verandah with built-up scroll columns and pitched glass roof. The Sitting Room is also fronted by a terrazzo surfaced stoep with openwork balustrade. There is a wall sundial, at first floor level, at the rear south-east corner of the building. Interior: The Entrance Hall has a terrazzo floor with a fret surround, oak panelling, 2 metres high, and a ceiling of boards and exposed joists. The Staircase Hall has an oak, open newel, staircase taken round three walls. This has panelled newels, twisted balusters, panelled spandrel and boarded soffite. A large panelled arch fronts the staircase window. Drawing Room (off stair hall) six panel doors with panelled linings. Marble mantel flanked by Corinthian columns. Panelled beam on fluted consoles and panelled ceiling with cove and dentil cornice. Salon (off Drawing Room). Panelled window shutters, softwood panelled dado. Meissen corner fireplace installed 1880. Panelled arched opening to bay and panelled division to room. Rear section of ceiling has decoration to corners and centre based on scrolls and foliage and a dentil cornice. The front (west) section of the room has a deeper cornice of foliage with egg and dart and dentils. Glass chandelier. The Sitting Room (at the rear of the Drawing Room) Jacobean panelling, 5-panels high, with fluted frieze, removed from Calveley Hall. Small stone fireplace with Jacobean style fluted pilaster and frieze. Brass chandelier. Dining Room (rear of stair hall). Four-panels-high walnut panelling with reeded pilasters and consoles separating the panels of the frieze and the plate rail. Flat strapwork cornice, with angels, and vaulted ceiling with quatrefoils and squares, shields and foliage. Wide stone Jacobethan fireplace with panels and pilasters. Six-panel door. Morning Room (adjoining Dining Room) 2-panel high softwood dado. White marble mantel. Six-panel door. Garland cornice and large ceiling rose with glass chandelier.

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