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Description: 24, Priory Road B15
Date Listed: 14 February 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 217517
OS Grid Reference: SP0602284273
OS Grid Coordinates: 406022, 284273
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4564, -1.9128
5104 Edgbaston B15
SP 0684 SW 52/8 14.2.79
Circa 1893-96. Architect J H Chamberlain for Mr Bunce. A substantial well
built, red brick, stone dressed home of the late Birmingham Gothic school.
The home is set back from the road with a carriage sweep and stands on 2
full storeys with attic floor in steep gable end. Clay tile roof with cresting
tiles. Asymmetrical elevation with slight gabled break to right hand. Prominent
red brick chimney stack, with splayed bases of tumbled brickwork. Typical
high quality ornamental out brickwork to eaves. The principal and idiosyncratic
feature of the front is a 1 fty, ashlar shafted and sharply bowed, oriel window
and with wrought iron finialed tiled spirelet. Cusped stone panels to apron.
The oriel is supported from the ground floor by a large cut stone corbel bracket
with finely dressed and cut brickwork to the ledged squat buttress base.
The rest of the fenestration is in the form of single or coupled sash windows
with pointed arches and roll moulded brick edging to reveals; moulded impost
string arched up over windows. The gabled break has an over arched pointed
lunette in the cable with floral carved stone panels below sill. Canted bay
window on ground floor. The porch abutts the break and has coupled shafts
with stiff leaf caps, small pent roof created by quatrefoil iron flower guard
to window above. To the left hand of the front the wall is blank with an
external brick chimney stack. The garden front is more conventional with
an off centre gable; similar window and brick detailing. Set back to the
right of the front is short link to the former billiar room, partly obscured
by later conservatory. The front elevation of the billiard room has an unexpectedly
rich decorative treatment in the gable over the ground floor windows. The
wall surface is dressed with marble tiles with decorated frieze and half quatrefoil
containing a relief carving of herons flanked by rosettes. The interior retains
dorrs and door furniture typical of Chamberlain but the panelling in the hall
and on the staircase is principally of later date. The drawing room giving onto
the rear garden has reset panelling. The house is a later work by Chamberlain
and in the detailing of the window reveals gives some slight hint of "Cadogan
Square" London influence in an otherwise wholly Birmingham design.
Listing NGR: SP0602284273
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Source: English Heritage
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