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Lodge, The

Item details

Name of item: Lodge, The
Other name/s: The Lodge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: Cottage
Primary address: 56 Merrylands Road, Merrylands, NSW 2160
Local govt. area: Parramatta
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT32 DP9814
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
56 Merrylands RoadMerrylandsParramatta  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

House at 56 Merrylands Street is of significance for the local area for historical and representativeness reasons. Built c.1881, as a gate house to Sutherland Estate, it is readily identifiable as part of historic building stock and strongly contributes to the streetscape.
Date significance updated: 08 Mar 02
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Division intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.


Construction years: 1881-
Physical description: Single storey Victorian Picturesque Gothic cottage, double fronted, has slate on painted brick walls showing tuck pointed joints beneath paint work. Gable roof is with projecting gable front. Street facing gable has a semi-circular arch ventilator, now with small metal awning. Side gable has two semi-circular arched ventilators within gable. Two rendered brick chimneys are with stepped cornice decoration. Verandah has new tiled floor and concave corrugated iron roof across front to projecting gable, supported by cast iron columns and decorated with cast iron brackets and frieze. Windows have sandstone sills and semi-circular soldier brick arches, painted. Front door has transom light above Victorian timber four panel door with round tops in upper panels and bolection moulding. Beside front door is a rectangular plate "The Lodge". Front fence is aluminium Fluer-de-lis palisade fence and gate.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Good.
Modifications and dates: National Trust (Parramatta Branch) supplied Year Started.
Further information: Fowlie, I, 292-4; Subd plans (ML) - Granville; Water Board plan


Historical notes: A. S. Low, a wealthy mining investor acquired this land in the 1870s and built "Sutherland House" on the estate in 1881. A later owner, Mrs Harkness, called the main house "Locksley Hall". This house appears to have been a gatehouse. It is shown on the subdivision plan for the Woodside Estate nearby, when it was subdivided in October 1880. This area was later subdivided as Locksley Hall Estate c. 1918. National Trust (Parramatta Branch): Originally the gate house to the Sutherland Estate owned by A.S. Low, a wealthy mining investor who bought this land in the 1870s and built a two-storey mansion which he called "Sutherland House" here in 1881. A later owner , renamed the house Locksley Hall. The estate included a large lake (now Granville Park ) with boat shed and island. Mansion house was demolished in the late 1930s and lake filled in during second World War and used as army camp. Photograph available taken by Anthony Muston showing demolition. Research by Shylie Brown. | M. Walker says: A later owner renamed the house as Locksley Hall . Shown on subdivision plan for the Woodside Estate nearby, when it was subdivided in October 1880. This area was later subdivided as Locksley Estate in c.1918 | SD 1932: Starkey, Ben. O. | SD 1924: Starkey, Ben. O | SD 1923: Starkey, Ben. O | SD 1920: Weekes, Albert, | SD 1917: Weekes, Albert, Locksly Hall Lodge | SD 1915: Glennon, John Locksly Hall Lodge | SD 1914: Haywood, George Locksly Hall Lodge | SD 1912: Haywood, George Locksly Hall Lodge | SD 1911: Harkness, Mrs N. Locksly Hall Lodge | SD 1909: Harkness, Mrs N. Locksly Hall Lodge | SD 1903: | SD 1892: Low, A.S. "Sutherland House: | SD 1886: Low, A.S. "Sutherland House: | | |

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item historically significant.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is representative.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan 39321 Feb 97 20873

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Parramatta Heritage Study1993393Meredith Walker  Yes
Parramatta Heritage Review2004 National Trust (Parramatta Branch)  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2240393

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