Description: Oakhill Lawn
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179569
OS Grid Reference: TQ5717548446
OS Grid Coordinates: 557175, 148446
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2136, 0.2490
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HILDENBOROUGH LONDON ROAD (north east side)
TQ 54 NE
5/132 Oakhill Lawn
Villa. Circa 1820s or 1830s in origin, slightly enlarged shortly after it was
built. Flemish bond brick; peg-tile roof; stacks with rendered shafts.
Plan and Development: The house faces south. The main block is a rectangular
double depth plan, 2 rooms wide, with a central entrance into a passage off
which the stairs rise. The 4 ground floor rooms are heated from back-to-back
fireplaces in the axial stacks. The 2 front rooms were probably drawing and
dining rooms, the rear left room perhaps a parlour. The rear right room was
the butler's pantry, alongside the service stair leading down to the kitchen
and service rooms in the half-basement, which have their own entrance on the
east elevation. In the circa 1840s single-storey projecting bays were added
to left and right of the main block, enlarging the 2 front principal rooms.
Exterior: 2 storeys with half-basement and attic; a hipped roof with deep
eaves and axial stacks. Symmetrical 3-bay south front plus one-bay additions
to left and right. A flight of stone steps leads up to the early C19 recessed
panelled front door which has panelled reveals, a rectangular overlight with
margin glazing and a pediment. Early C19 12-pane sash windows with rubbed
brick flat arches to the first and ground floor; 2-light casement windows to
the half basement; flat roofed dormers to the attic. The left and right bays
each have one 12-pane sash, flanked by concrete pilasters which may be later
additions. The right hand bay has a concrete parapet with a moulded cornice,
this has been replaced by a plain parapet on the left hand bay. The left
return of the left bay has an early C19 bowed tripartite sash, 12-panes in the
centre flanked by 4-pane outer lights. The main block retains its original
early C19 12-pane sashes with rubbed brick flat arches. The right hand bay is
blind at the right end. The rear elevation also retains its early C19 sashes;
the rear door is C19, altered and half-glazed in the C20.
Interior: Early and circa mid C19 features include a stick baluster stair;
doors and doorcases; shutters; skirtings; chimney-pieces and cornices.
A nice example of an early C19 gentleman's villa. Group value with the early
C19 coach house at the rear (q.v.).
Source: English Heritage
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