Heaton Norris, Stockport, Greater Manchester
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Francis Aspinall Philips
Francis A. Philips, of Bank Hall & Abbey Cwmhir, High Sheriff of Radnorshire
Standing on high ground having a southerly aspect and commanding extensive views, it contains entrance hall, three entertaining rooms, billiard room, schoolroom, with numerous bedrooms and good offices. The gardens including large tennis ground, greenhouses, wineries and productive kitchen garden, are well laid out and contain some fine timber. There are commodious stables, also shippon (cattle shed) and piggeries.
After throwing a party to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1912, Briggs gifted Bank Hall to the Corporation of Manchester as a school for under under-privileged girls which he suggested could be named for his wife, “Alice Briggs Home for Girls”. The school opened to both sexes but by 1938 had become boys-only. Two years later, what had been Bank Hall was destroyed in a bombing raid three days before Christmas in 1940. Today, the St. John Vianney School stands on the site of what had been the hall.
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