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Description: Beacon House
Date Listed: 21 October 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 133349
OS Grid Reference: SO8663309729
OS Grid Coordinates: 386633, 209729
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7861, -2.1952
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PAINSWICK NEW STREET
SO 8609-8709 (Part)
(north west side)
Large town house, originally free-standing, now in row. 1766, possibly by John
Wood the Younger. Fine limestone ashlar, roof not visible, in copper. A near
symmetrical composition with centre 3 bays slightly stepped forward, rusticated
ground floor and balustraded parapet. Three storeys and basement, 1:3:1
windows, sashes with glazing bars except in bays one and two at ground and first
floors. At ground floor the heads have heavy triple rusticated keystones, at
first floor they are set to continuous podium below cills, and with balusters
below central 3; moulded architraves have straight cornice, segmental, pointed,
segmental pediments, and straight cornice respectively; second floor are square,
with moulded architraves. Central pair of C20 glazed doors in bold Gibbs
surround plus cornice; in far right set-back bay a second pair of doors. In
basement area, left, a segmental-headed door; a complex arrangement of steps and
railings gives access to left of main entry. Although thought to have been
built free-standing, the front is not quite symmetrical, the right recessed bay
being noticeably narrower than that to left. Broad chimney stacks are built in
as part of the balustrade return to the left. Interior a very rich ensemble,
including some fine rococo plaster decoration by William Stocking of Bristol to
the staircase, which has close set balusters, alternatively plain, fluted, or
tight spiral twisted, and swept handrail; entrance hall fully panelled, many
good panelled doors.
(country Life, July 16, 1953).
Listing NGR: SO8663409728
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Source: English Heritage
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