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Date Listed: 18 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 151453
OS Grid Reference: SO7653641803
OS Grid Coordinates: 376536, 241803
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0741, -2.3437
SO 74 SE COLWALL CP B4232 (west side)
House. Begun 1893 and dated 1895 by C F A Voysey for J Wilson, a railway
magnate, in 'eclectic' Arts and Crafts and incipient Art Nouveau styles.
Roughcast, grey slate 45 degree hipped roof with tapered finials to 2 hip
junctions, deep eaves supported by slender iron brackets, 5 stacks 3 of
which are battered and one punctured by an arch. 'U' plan, service wing
in longer north-east arm, the bottom of the 'U' is the garden front: 2
storeys, 5 windows in 4 groups, first floor left and centre advanced.
Ground floor has 16 and 12 pane metal casements separated by wooden mullions;
first floor has 4 and 8 but mainly 12 pane windows, the 4 pane one arranged
so that each superimposed pane pivots in parallel; left hand and central
upper windows project and are supported on brackets following timber-frame
precedent. The whole first floor elevation is cantilevered as if jettied
over the ground floor to different degrees, yet controlled by battered
buttresses to the sides. Entrance through 6 panelled door, the top 4 lights
glazed; flat canopy, an integral bench to left and retractable roller sun-
awning. A large bell hangs from a bracket supporting the canopy to right
hand side. Inside the 'U': North front: 8 pane glazing bar windows on ground
floor arranged to east of entrance and a band of similar windows set side by
side to form a gallery-effect on first floor; flat roofed porch supported by
2 small and attenuated Tuscan type columns, leading to enriched strap-hinged
ledged entrance door; mounting block to east. West side of service wing:
different combinations of 4, 5, 6 and 8 pane glazing bar windows irregularly
placed; entrance via porch to north side of 3 storey pagoda-like tower along-
side Romanesque-style balustrading consisting of 5 marble columns with acanthus
capitals separating Art Nouveau rainwater goods from contrasting austere pier
finished in plain render. Interior: low entrance hall with plain wood open-
well staircase and square section balusters. Ground floor fireplaces survive
largely unaltered: those in entrance hall and kitchen have slender integral
columns. In the entrance lobby from the garden front is combined fireplace
and cupboard with strap-hinge decoration of peacocks in Viking Ringerike Style.
Ground floor doors survive largely as first designed; first floor doors
replaced. Safe by Whitfield and Company of Birmingham. Morris and Company
wall-paper noted by Pevsner in 1963 has disappeared. Forms group with garden
summer-house, walls, dovecote, lodge and stables (qv). One of Voysey's best
Listing NGR: SO7653641803
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