Demesne Gate Lodges

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At the beginning of the 19th century, the Sandfords began a building campaign which was to add significant public buildings to this part of town, well away from the more industrial distilling and brewing centres further west along the river with which they had been heavily involved in the previous century. On the north side of the square framing the entrance to their demesne was erected a pair of single-storey gate lodges, very fashionable in a classical primitivist style, c. 1820, made of ashlar limestone. The lodge on the east was lived in at one stage by a schoolmaster for the schools opposite, while the lodge to the west may have been the estate’s agents’ office.