Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Graver Lane Conservation Area

Prevalent materials and local details

The prevalent materials in the traditional buildings throughout the area include red bricks, buff coloured stone, employed either as dressings and details or for whole building construction, blue-black slate for pitched roofs, with timber vertically sliding sash windows.

The use of timber and associated detailing not only helps to establish the architectural character of each building, but also contributes to the character of the wider area. Where other replacement materials have been used it has resulted in a loss of the area's established character. Windows are vertically proportioned and often deeply recessed from the outer surface of masonry.

Local details
Red brick buildings, with brick voussoirs over window and door openings and sometimes incorporating stone dressings, vertically proportioned window openings, bracketed eaves, slate covered pitched roofs and bay windows characterise most of the buildings.

Brick built garden walls with stone gateposts originally provided boundary treatment to individual houses, but in the context of the longer terraces the combination of the walls and gateposts resulted in a significant urban design element in the street scene.

Although many of these walls and gateposts have been altered the urban design significance has not been diminished. Only limited examples of original floor surfaces are now left in the conservation area; they would have been characterised by stone flags to pavements with wide stone kerbs and gritstone or similar setts to vehicular surfaces.

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