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Holly Trees (Museum), Colchester

Description: Holly Trees (Museum)

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 February 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 117018

OS Grid Reference: TL9996025268
OS Grid Coordinates: 599960, 225268
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8901, 0.9044

Location: Cowdray Crescent, Colchester, Essex CO1 1UD

Locality: Colchester
Local Authority: Colchester Borough Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO1 1UD

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There is also a scheduled monument, Colchester Castle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

995 (North Side)
TL 9925 SE 5/111 Holly Trees (Museum)

A fine early C13 brick building, standing back from the road in its own
grounds - now part of the Municipal Castle Park. Good ironwork railings
with gate to the street. Built circa 1717-18, it was formerly the home
of Charles Gray (1696-1783) MP for Colchester and owner of the Castle
estate; he lived here over 60 years. The west wing was added in 1748, by
James Deane. The main building is of 3 storeys and basement, red brick
with rubbed brick dressings, parapet to front and rear elevations.
Both elevations have a 5-window range of double hung sashes with glazing
bars, segmental heads. The front has a fine central doorcase with flat
hood, carved consoles. Fluted pilasters, semi-circular fanlight, 6-panel
door, iron handrail to flight of steps to door. The west wing is of 3
storeys, but at a lower level, with cut brick rustications to the ground
floor, 1st floor window with moulded brick pediment and architrave,
Venetian window on garden elevation, brick bands. Many original interior

Listing NGR: TL9996025268

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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