SPOTLIGHT ON . . . The Hacienda

The bungalow with the style of a hall                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BUNGALOW with a difference, The Hacienda in Shrewbridge Road, was demolished in the late summer of 2008.

   Nantwich historian Andrew Lamberton had an interest in the lost building - apart from his interest and book publishing skills on the topic - after being given permission to photograph the ornate interior.

   Here are his comments on the interior and the photographs he was able to take.

 

I WAS surprised to see that the building had gone - and even more surprised to learn that outline planning permission had been granted by the former Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council for it to be replaced by three properties.

   Outline permission soon became full permission and in late 2010 the change became a reality.

   I was lucky enough to be shown round The Hacienda, and take some photographs. Some of the interior features that I saw came from the old Eaton Hall -designed by Alfred Waterhouse in Victorian Gothic.

   The Hacienda was built by Walter Elson, the Nantwich corn merchant, in the mid 1960s around an open square very similar to the cloister type of arrangement that you find in cathedrals.

   The dining room was the nicest room being fully panelled in, I think, rich mahogany.

   There are also some other features from Eaton such as stained glass (see below) which I didn't manage to photograph.

   Where is the panelling now? I learned that the Hacienda panelling, etc, was reclaimed by a Yorkshire-based firm and was to be reinstalled somewhere in that county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The panelled dining room. The top string is beautifully inlaid with mother of pearl.

 

There were various numbers on show around the whole room from number 1 to 32. I didn't find out what they had referred to at Eaton Hall but I was curious. The close-up photo show the number 6 and a mother of pearl pattern on each side of it.

 

Was this bar in situ at Eaton or, more probably, adapted from some other feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pink marble fireplace in another room at The Hacienda.

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An example of linen

fold carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THESE two pictures  were taken by Judy St Pourcain - a fellow Nantwich historian with Andrew Lamberton.  

  

 

 

 

Left: "A fine Italian pink marble fireplace which originally came from Eaton Hall".

  

The stained glass window (right) was

also from Eaton Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS is how the site of the former Hacienda looked after

a new building was erected in 2010. It is bathed

in the sunshine of a mid-winter afternoon

 

 

 

 

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