Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Joseph Mott House
Joseph Mott House at 53 Buxton Road, Heaviley is a listed building.
The late 16th century former house, altered in the 19th and 20th centuries is a remnant of the former Lockwood Fold, a semi-rural hamlet. The 2-storey building is constructed at right-angles to the road, clad in 19th century applied false timber-framing and render, which is said to conceal remnants of a timber-framed structure. The roof is concrete-tiled. The 20th century doorway is on the gable-end, the windows are all late 20th century, and there is a roughly moulded rendered band at first floor level, perhaps suggesting a jetty. Number 53 is the lower addition attached to the south-west corner, similarly clad and with two small late 19th century timber shop fronts and a Welsh slate roof. To the rear is a similar range attached at right angles.
Lockwood Fold was one of a group of folds in north Cheshire and east Lancashire, a locally distinctive group of buildings where farm buildings combined with small workshops for domestic-scale manufacturing, in this case, of hats. Buildings formerly to the north and part of the group have been lost.
At present it is the offices of the firm Computer England.
A contribution to Our World Tuesday.