Lyme Handley Lock-Up




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Alternative Names   The Cage

Nation   England

County   Cheshire

Location   Cage Hill, Lyme Park,  Lyme Handley

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   After 1737

Year closed   Unknown

Century of Operation   1700-1799

Building Type   Hunting lodge

Remarks   Grade II* listed. Lyme Park Estate now owned by The National Trust


'Formerly hunting tower cum gatehouse, later park keeper's house and prisoners' lock-up: Origins c.1580, taken down 1734 by George Platt, rebuilt 1737 by Peter Platt, perhaps to a design by Leoni for Peter Legh X. Coursed, squared, buff sandstone rubble with ashlar sandstone dressings, felted roof and cupolas (originally stone) and formerly 2 chimneys. In plan, square with attached square corner towers. 3-storeys symmetrical fronts. Chamfered plinth, raised rusticated quoins, applied ashlar band at first floor. Windows in towers in raised, plain surrounds (now blocked but with 12-pane sashes originally). Semi-circular headed doorcases on 3 faces, with rusticated surrounds and Tuscan pilaster capitals to imposts with raised plain, window surrounds above (all blocked). Projecting heavily-moulded entablature with ashlar blocking course with central balustrading (probably added by Wyatt, now damaged). On towers, stepped bases to domed cupolas (now C20 wooden replacements) 3 square sundials on moulded sills between 1st and 2nd storeys, read: east face, "Vive Hodie"; south face, "Remember now the creator in the days of thy youth"; west face, "Cras minus aptus eris". Interior: 4 Tuscan antae with banded rustication in ground floor. Diagonal flight leads to spiral, stone staircase in south-west corner tower. Remainder of interior now removed but first floor was the main room with a panelled oak ceiling with huge, central, carved rosette. The stairs were in one corner, a fireplace, a lavatory, and a prison room in the others. '

Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Cage', Lyme Park, LEN1277283

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  • The Cage, Lyme ParkPhoto © David Dixon (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    Historic England, National Heritage List for England, 'The Cage', Lyme Park, LEN1277283

  • Roy's Blog, 'CHESHIRE. Lock-ups at Lyme Handley and Stockport.' (08 April 2013)



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