Man in court over work on Denton listed building

A MAN will appear in court accused of making unlawful alterations to a listed Denton building.

Thomas Armstrong is charged with removing a cast iron fire grate, two built in bookcases, Dado rails, side panel mouldings and window reveals from the ground floor of the rectory of St Anne’s Church, also known as Haughton Manor, on St Anne’s Drive.

He is also accused of removing a window seat from ‘Bedroom Four’ on the first floor while installing a timber frame to partition the room in ‘Bedroom Eight’ on the second.

Charges also include creating a doorway between ‘Bedroom Six and Bedroom Eight’ on the and ‘extensively chasing out’ historic plaster work while creating openings in lathe and plaster sealings for installation of electrical conduits, fixtures and fittings.

All these, which are believed to have been done between December 22 and January 25, are said to have ‘affected its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.’

They are contrary to sections 7 and 9(1) and (4) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.Mr Armstrong’s case will next be heard at Tameside Magistrates Court on Thursday, December 16.
The 36-year-old, listed as being of Haughton Manor, does not need to attend the case management hearing.

A Grade II* listed building, St Anne’s Rectory was built in 1882 by JM and H Taylor and was listed in 1977.

And the British Listed Buildings website says: “The rectory is not only of fine quality in itself but forms an outstanding group with the adjacent Church of St Anne, of similar date and by the same architects.”

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