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The Homestead, Birmingham

Description: The Homestead

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 July 1982
English Heritage Building ID: 217816

OS Grid Reference: SP0310185970
OS Grid Coordinates: 403101, 285970
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4717, -1.9558

Location: 21 Woodbourne Road, Birmingham B15 2TJ

Locality: Birmingham
County: Birmingham
Country: England
Postcode: B15 2TJ

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Listing Text

Edgbaston B17
No 25
(The Homestead)
SP 08 NW 6/47
1897, architect J J Bateman and C E Bateman (father and son). Good early
Birmingham Arts and Crafts house of some size but so designed by this important
Birmingham domestic practice, at this date predominantly the son, to convey a
typically unpretentious free vernacular revival character. Concealed from road
and approached by Serpentine drive through large terraced gardens retaining
much of their original layout and planting. L-plan 3 bay double pile house with
main front south facing to garden and entrance to west side of rear wing.
Principally of 2 storeys with a 2 storey and attic shallow gabled break to west
end of garden front. Roughcast elevations, their asymmetry deftly expressive of
the identity of the rooms behind. Extending west from the end of the rear wing
(and thus informally defining an entrance court) is a lower painted brick coach
house/service range in a more specifically C18 vernacular idiom. Stone slate
roofs throughout, hipped over coach house range which has flat roof dormers;
overhanging eaves; gabled break to garden has stone coping swept out over small
flush kneelers. External chimney stacks, one adjacent to break facing garden
and one to each gable end for ingle-nooks where they are corbelled out; tall,
slightly battered red brick shafts with thin ashlar caps. Fenestration
principally horizontal with typical high quality Birmingham metal, leaded
casements, set just under eaves on first floor. Functional vaults, expressive
of the interiors, on the garden terrace front; wood mullioned transomed first
floor window in gabled break with rectangular bay window below having a pent
stone slate roof projecting each side and swept up to the sill of first floor
window between break and external stack. Pent roof hall window built out from
right hand side of external stack. Bands of windows piercing plain wall to right.
The entrance in the rear wing is emphasised by a low, organic, arched stone doorway
with deep drip mould and splayed reveal, the arch inscribed "East, West, Home's
Best". Door recessed in porch. At the far end of the coach house range is a full
height round arched carriageway through to small rear stable yard. Inside the
archway ingenious handling of limited turning space; right hand wall opens up by
means of folding doors into coach house proper, left hand wall is canted inwards
with side door and plain light for access to hayloft attic and coachman's flat to
Internally the house remains virtually as built, original Arts and Crafts door
furniture; most of contemporary electric light fittings; broken white colour scheme;
stained oak woodwork. Modest entrance hall/passage leads to the service cross
passage of the rear wing and right into the staircase hall of the main south range.
The off centre hall, expressed by the external stack to the terrace, is flanked by
the long dining room to the east and the drawing room, including the bay in the
gabled break, to the west. The whole suite can be thrown into one space by means
of the simply panelled folding doors separating the 2 rooms from the hall. The
latter has a centrally placed staircase simply rising in one flight between flank
walls to first floor rear corridor. The off centre fireplace opposite has a stone
surround of simplified Tudor design and including the hearth, is treated with
polychrome tiles of a Portuguese C17/18 inspired pattern. Plain walls to living
room but with the full width of end wall treated as an ingle-nook, panelled with
2 square wood piers bearing lintel; 2 small lights flank fireplace which has full
height stone surround with rosette studded caveto cornice, slightly bowed shelf
and overmantel with wreath framed cartouche; hearth has studded brass frame and
tent hood. The drawing room ingle-nook is more simply treated with cambered
soffit, high dado and plain panelling above. Plain wood mantelpiece with
Tudor roses, blue-green hearth tiles, panelled overmantel with convex mirror.
The ceiling has "pargetted" decoration on shallow projection of joists. The
former billiard room lies behind the dining room and extends slightly further
east to gain a south corner window. The fireplace next to it has a full height
canted plaster overmantel with strips of pargetting similar to the ceiling of
the drawing room. Plain ashlar mantelpiece with deep concave shelf, the
stonework carried up 3/4 height of overmantel as pilaster strips. Same tile lining
as in hall. Windows on north wall high set, window seats. Plain exposed joist
ceiling. Large wrought and glazed scrolled iron five branch billiard lamp in situ.
Probably the most innovating of Bateman and Bateman's domestic Arts and Crafts
designs. See "The Builder".

Listing NGR: SP0310185970

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Source: English Heritage

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