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Description: Arlington Row
Date Listed: 23 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 127306
OS Grid Reference: SP1148706656
OS Grid Coordinates: 411487, 206656
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7585, -1.8350
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BIBURY AWKWARD HILL
11/60 Nos 1 to 9 (consec)
Originally wool store, possibly containing domestic portion.
Altered to row of weavers' houses. Late C14; late C17 conversion
with late C17 or early C18 additions. Repaired by Royal Society
of Arts in 1929; restored by The National Trust in early 1970s.
Random rubble limestone; ashlar and rubble chimneys; stone slate
roof. Earliest part is single-storey with attic; 2-storey houses
added at ends, one to east, 2 to west. Various single-storey rear
additions, some with attics. Front: low eaves to early part with
4 half gables, 3 eaves-mounted gables and 2 C20 hipped roof
dormers. Three half gables of unequal size are grouped to left,
one with 2-light recessed chamfered casement, others with leaded
timber casements and timber lintels. Mixture of leaded casements
to ground floor; paired doorways with timber lintels and plank
doors to No 3. Stone flat-arched doorway to No 5; timber lintel to
No 6. Two gabled eaves-mounted dormers and 2 hipped roof dormers
to Nos 5 and 6, all with leaded casements. Two-light ground floor
recessed chamfered casement with hoodmould to Nos 6 and 7. Ridge-
mounted chimneys. are mostly C20 rebuilt with plain caps except one
in ashlar with moulded cap. Original gable end coping partially
visible at west end with trefoil enriched apex saddle. C17 east
end addition to left has higher eaves and upper floor timber
casement; blocked former doorway to ground floor now containing
small leaded fixed-light. C17 additions to west end step up
slope, each house having half gable and leaded timber casement
fenestration with timber lintels. Rear: many gabled additions of
various dates. Mixed fenestration, mostly timber casements with
timber lintels. Coped gable ends to original building are more
easily visible to rear. Interior: extensively subdivided upon
conversion to houses, dividing walls containing fireplaces and
spiral staircases not coinciding with positions of roof trusses.
Many houses built to cross-passage plan. Most trusses are of
raised cruck type with arched braced collars, one cruck blade
consisting of 3 pieces scarfed together. Since William Morris's
'discovery' of Bibury, this row has been considered as the most
picturesque in the Cotswolds, the undulating roofline resulting
from some weakening of the original roof structure. The effect is
enhanced by the addition of irregular C17 gables and its position
by the mill stream. Owned by The National Trust.
(A.R.J. Jurica, 'Bibury' in V.C.H. Glos. vii, 1981, pp.21-44; E.
Mercer, English Vernacular Houses, 1975; D. Verey,
Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979; and L.F. Walrond, 'The
Medieval Houses of Rural Gloucestershire in ed. A. Saville,
Archaeology in Gloucestershire, 1984).
Listing NGR: SP1148706656
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