The house that was built back-to-front

Article written in September 2008 (page updated in April 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Welsh Row elevation of No 100 - with no doors on to the street - pictured in 2015

AFTER my attention was drawn to the fact that 100 Welsh Row was on the market (in 2008) - by Paul Simpson - I asked Nantwich historian Andrew Lamberton what he knew anything about the property.

   A silly question really as Andrew has the knack of getting into all manner of interesting Nantwich buildings and having a look around. No 100 was no exception - and he found an old pictures of the garage that stood next to Townwell House while he was at it.

   He told me: "Yes, the building is quite interesting. I was lucky enough about six months ago to be able to look round it while it was up for sale.

   "The joint owner was Heather Threadgold, together with her brother, John Munro. Mrs Phipps had lived there for many years and had recently died, hence the house going up for sale

   "What was nice about it was that it still had many of the old fixtures and fittings inside, although in poor condition. It was actually built as a back-to-front house. That is, the front door is at the back and at one time -  when it was built some 200 years ago - had an

 

uninterrupted view over an extensive garden leading down to the river Weaver.

   "Since then, of course, various additions at the rear have altered that view, but a look at the 1850 map on the wall in Nantwich Museum (Joseph Heler Room) will give you an idea of what it was like then."

   Andrew added "Robert Munro, the solicitor, lived there between 1939 and 1953." See this page for another member of the Munro family.

   "The only photos that Heather and John could show me of the house were in an album of black and white photos which were taken in the late 1950s / early '60s, when the family were getting up a petition to prevent Grocott's garage (below) being built virtually next door to them on the site of the old Townsend House.

 

 

Right: The house in 2011 when it had been "done up". The picture was taken through an open gate at the front of the house off King's Lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE are two views of 100 Welsh Row taken by Nantwich historian Judy St Pourcain, showing a view of the front elevation of the property away from the street, and a fireplace.

   These images were added in November 2008.

 

 

 

The garage family tried to stop

THIS is Watson's Garage which used to stand between Townsend House (that's the wall of the house next to the garage) and the old Police Station (the railings, right foreground). The gable end of Townsend House can be seen top right of the picture, and No 100 can just be seen to the left of the trees that are masking it. The garage and Townsend House have now made way for a gated housing complex, called King's Court. The development was built in the garden of Townsend House which was visited by King James I in 1617 when he saw the old walled garden.

 

 

 

 

 

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