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Red Scar House c.1938

Residence of William Assheton Cross 1818 - 1883. former J.P. for Lancashire.

 

This delightful property was demolished in 1939 partly to make way for Courtauld's works.

The property was located in what is now the garden of rememberance of Preston Crematorium south of Longridge Road. A large part of the former wooded grounds became Red Scar Industrial Estate.

 

 

"Red Scar," the seat of Major Cross, a quaint Elizabethan mansion,

with modern additions, is situated on the table land opposite to the centre

of the river's curve. It is no slight privilege to be permitted to ramble through

the winding paths, shadowy vistas, and secluded dingles, musical with the

voices of singing brooks and birds, embosomed in the depths of these woods,

from the lone quietude of which we occasionally catch a glimpse of

the bright country beyond. Here are stately halls of Nature's architecture,

domed by the azure heaven, and paved in rich mosaic, lustrous with the

bloom of the wild blue hyacinth, and flakes of golden sheen by the bright

attenuated fingers of stray sunbeams at random flung ! Hanging leaves

form verdant curtains with quivering fringe, so perfect yet picturesque in

form, that sympathetic fancy denies that the rude east wind hath ever

breathed upon them, or the eye of living being previously mirrored their

beauty ! This little Eden is within about three miles from the manufacturing

town of Preston, and yet few of its inhabitants ever visit the spot. Some

animals, in dire extremity, are said to feed upon their own limbs. Doth the

ravenous appetite for material wealth absorb that portion of the soul which

rejoices and expands in the presence of the Beautiful ?

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Taken on December 11, 2009