Fires badly damage manor

           

 A look around the manor

 

 

 

 

 

THIS picture of Stapeley Manor in the autumnal sunshine belies the fact that it has been damaged by fire.

MORE than 30 fire fighters were called to tackle a blaze in Stapeley Manor in which one wing was badly damaged.

   According to a Crewe fire station spokesman, quoted by The Sentinel the next day (November 25, 2008), fire fighters, who found flames licking through the roof when they arrived, went into the manor to tackle pockets of fire.

   The possibility that children might know something about the blaze was raised by the front page story of The Nantwich Chronicle (November 26) which asked: "Was anyone inside?", adding "Children seen near historic home just before it went up in flames."

 

A SECOND fire gutted the Manor early on January 3, 2009, this time affecting the whole building. No-one was hurt in the blaze. 

 

 

Has the upper window been damaged (above), or is it just not reflecting the sun like the lower one?

 

Above and far left: Two views of the end of the building facing Peter de Stapleigh Way, showing signs of fire damage.

Given that it is planned to demolish the manor when the Water Gardens site is re-arranged to accommodate housing and offices (see here), you might think "So what if part of the manor has been burned down? It will all be down soon." Well, it is more than a year since the houses/offices plan was announced and, as far as I know, no start has been made on the development. There has been a slow down in similar housing developments generally. Could it be on the cards that the plan will not go ahead? There is, we are told, a demand for affordable homes (the Stapeley plan includes some) but has the overall demand been overestimated? (See Update left).

Gone completely

UPDATE: THE Manor and the adjoining Stapeley Water Gardens buildings have been demolished as the Stapeley Gardens housing development proceeds in July 2014. (See link below)

 

 

 

The gutted roof of the manor on the side

facing London Road

Original article | Pictorial tour of Manor | Water Gardens update | Letters updates page | Stapeley Gardens housing development (external website)

 

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