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Chapel Street, Dial House


Chapel Street, Dial House
Description:
Undated. An early photograph of Chapel Street, possibly dating back to 1860. In the centre is Dial House, built in 1720, altered in 1755 and still standing, now a listed building. On the left is the mistal (cowshed) of Venties Farm, with several people standing in front.

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
A more recent Leodis photo of this building - now fully restored, shows it in its spectacular glory. At the time of its build, the road seen here will have been little more than a cart track. Few of today's passers-by will even notice it, let alone realise that it is over 250 years old. Apart from the church at whitkirk, and Temple Newsam House, this must be the oldest building in Halton. Of course, I graciously stand to be corrected in my assumption.

Date:
12-Jan-2009

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Name:
Leedslad

Comment:
Theres a few buildings further down the road opposite the brown cow pub that have dates on the front, one is a news agents, and dates from 1744 i think. Iv noticed dial house alot of times as i was always intrigued as to how old it was, i could tell it was very old just by the top floor windows.

Date:
06-Oct-2011

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
In many parts of the country, an upper third storey often indicates that there would have been some sort of 'cottage industry' going on there in the past ( usually something to do with cloth). Could this have been the case here?

Date:
27-Oct-2012

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Pixie

Comment:
There are a number of windows and memorials in Whitkirk Church donated by and dedicated to inhabitants of Dial House, indicating they had a fair amount of money. In Temple Newsam, the servants quarters are located on the top floor, so I wonder if the same could have been true here.

Date:
09-Jul-2013

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
On another image, the Leodis description tells us that the word 'Dial' is understood to mean, 'A New Turnpike'. So far, I have been unable to find a map which shows a turnpike being in that vicinity. However, with a house name being associated with one, it must surely indicate that a toll barrier must have stretched across the section of road that led on to Selby at that location. Although toll-barriers were very unpopular, this one must have carried some sort of status, giving as it did, its name to a nearby building. This seems to be further born out by the fact that there was an area just beyond Graveley Square (which itself sat just behind Dial House), that was known as Dial Row. Although the house would have had no operational connection with the turnpike, it does stand today as a reminder that a toll booth and barrier once stood nearby. Pixie has raised an interesting point. I think that it is true to say that most people think of servants quarters in those times past, as being 'Below Stairs'. Perhaps TV Costume Drama has a lot to answer for, for that assumption. In fact, history tells us that the location of servants quarters would have been determined by such things as the type, design, and size of a particular house. Some of the larger houses even had a servants' wing built on, while others had servants' quarters housed in a building separate from the main house altogether. No doubt the final resolution would have been down to the whim of the 'Maaster'.

Date:
02-Nov-2015

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
As ever Graham, you are quite correct in connecting the word 'Dial' with turnpikes. Whether or not there was any specific connection with Dial House in that regard, the roundabout that now junctions York Road and Selby Road, was - and is still known, as Halton Dial. It is recorded that there had been two turnpikes created from that point, one to Tadcaster, and one to Selby. Whilst I have no knowledge of the origins of the word 'Dial', it does appear to connect with turnpikes in this instance.

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04-Feb-2016

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