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The Laurels Nursing and Residential Care Home, Bankside Lane, Bacup, Lancashire OL13 8GT | by mrrobertwade (wadey)
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The Laurels Nursing and Residential Care Home, Bankside Lane, Bacup, Lancashire OL13 8GT

Forest House SD 82 SE BACUP BANKSIDE LANE, Grade 11 Listed Building


13/8 Forest House


- II*


Large house, probably by John Foster of Liverpool c. 1828 (Pevsner):

now partially restored but derelict. Ashlar, with hipped tiled roof

(now no chimneys). T-plan: front block 5x3 bays with rear service

wing 3x3 bays. Two-storey front, 3-storey rear wing to same height

(plus cellars). In Neo-classical style. Symmetrical, 3-bay centre

recessed behind 4 giant Ionic columns on a plinth broken in the centre

by steps to doorway which has large fanlight with radiating glazing

bars; 2 sashed windows at ground floor and 3 smaller ones above

(some damaged); each flanking wing has a large round-headed window at

ground floor (radiating glazing bars in head of that on left, otherwise

glazing now missing), and a horizontal rectangular panel at 1st floor.

Prominent cornice and low parapet continued on return walls. Three-bay

return walls have tall windows at ground floor, shorter ones at 1st

floor, those on the right restored with glazing bars. Side walls of

rear wing have 3 windows each floor all restored with glazing bars

(the topmost only 6 panes), rear wall has pedimented centre breaking

forwards slightly with a large segmental-headed tripartite window at

ground floor and one window at 2nd floor and the flanking bays have

ground floor doors and windows above matching those of the sides.

Interior: gutted, but elements of some features remain, principally the

saucer-domed entrance hall with curved triangular pendentives (fragments of

moulded plaster, e.g. Greek key frieze to dome), segmental arch to hall and

stairwell, cantilevered stone imperial staircase of one flight and then

two(balusters missing); lath framework for segmental coved ceiling in

right wing.


Listing NGR: SD8674322768


Source: English Heritage


Listed building text is © Crown Copyright.

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Taken on June 10, 2007