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Description: 12, Ampton Road B15
Date Listed: 22 April 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 216740
OS Grid Reference: SP0562285228
OS Grid Coordinates: 405622, 285228
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4650, -1.9187
SP 0585 45/6 22.4.76
Dated 1855 and designed and built by John Henry Chamberlain for himself.
Visually the first house in Birmingham to demonstrate Ruskin's principles
of Gothic polychromy. Two storeys and attics, fine red brick with polychrome
brick. Tile and stone dressings, built on a crosswing L-plan, Gothic details.
Three bay front the left hand advanced and gabled. Steep gable end roofs
with patterned slates and decorative ridge tiles. First floor band of coloured
tiles and another similar below dogtooth corbelled eaves. On the left a 2
storey Gothic canted bay window with decorative tilework, the entrance next
to break with original door with 3 encircled trefoils in the tympanum above,
all beneath a bold Gothic arch on corbel stops and flanked by either side
by a single cusped lancet; triple group of lancets to right. First floor
has apart from the upper portion of the bay window, a pair of segment headed
narrow windows and a triple group to the right. All windows sashes, some
with decorative leadwork to heads. The west return elevation is similar but
instead of a canted bay window, a tripartite arrangement of lancets, the centre
broader and larger, subdivided by a shaft and with a corbelled balcony to
the first floor. Interior unaltered with heavy staircase with simple Gothic
detail, original doors and door furniture and shafted fireplaces.
Listing NGR: SP0562285228
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Source: English Heritage
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