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Description: 40, Beeches Avenue
Date Listed: 1 March 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 206676
OS Grid Reference: TQ2748163389
OS Grid Coordinates: 527481, 163389
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3553, -0.1706
TQ 2763 33/246 No 40
2 storey, 2-bay house built 1903-4 for Frank Dickinson [1874-1961] to his own
design; he also designed and mostly constructed the fittings of the interior.
Very plain exterior; roughcast walls and green slate roof; northern bay projects
forward and is gabled with 4-light window above and 5-light splayed bay window
below. Southern bay is constructed at right angles to it with the roof descending
low over the porch; 4-light dormer above; door with handsome letter box and side
lights below. Interior is furnished completely in the prevailing styles of the
Arts and Crafts at that time. Painted doors in vestibule; ornate door handles.
In living room/sitting room carved beams showing owl, squirrels and rabbits over
bay window of living room; carved beam in centre bearing on one side the inscription
"Serve Humanity the Gods we know not" and on the other side representations of
a fox in vine tendrils. Fireplace in living room has a "round red brick arch
with hand painted tiles, each side framing the arch, above is a copper panel
in hammered relief depicting a landscape with setting sun .... the whole is framed
in polished red pine"; surmounted by a painted triptych. Panelling. Panelled
staircase balusters pierced with heart motif. Sitting room fireplace with a Tudor
arch in red brick and similar hand-painted tiles; "panel over arch in moulded
plaster representing dancing nymphs and piping pans"; painted triptych. In the
principal bedroom a fireplace with "hammered steel framing with slightly raised
ornament all hand-wrought .... over which is a plaster panel representing a group
from the famous picture "The Sleeping Beauty" by Burne-Jones, and inscribed with
the title "How they all Slept" .... depicting sleepers at a loom" .... "the whole
scheme framed in polished pine." [Quotations taken from autobiography of Frank
Diakinson]. Listed on account of interior fittings. Gate-posts ornamented with
motifs in same style; wooden gate with "Little Holland House" carved in ornamental
letters, decorated bird-bath.
Listing NGR: TQ2748163389
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