Description: The Firs
Date Listed: 19 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 228113
OS Grid Reference: TG2335711812
OS Grid Coordinates: 623357, 311812
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6580, 1.3011
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TG 21 SW OLD CATTON SPIXWORTH ROAD
69, 71A, 71 and 73
19/1/52 (The Firs) (formerly
listed as The Firs,
Nos. 1, 2 and 3).
House, extended and divided into 4, c.1750 and later. Red brick and black
pantiles. Double pile house with cellar and 3 storeys. Formerly with 2 linked
symmetrical single storey wings, now heightened to 1½ storeys, and extended
in C20 to south, and heightened to 2 storeys to north. Central block has
5 bay facade, with central door and 1½ height windows on second floor. Sash
windows with heavy glazing bars and stone Gibbsian flat arches. Raised and
fielded 6 panel door with semi-circular fanlight and glazing bars. Doorcase
with panelled reveals, engaged Ionic columns, pulvinated frieze and pediment.
Entrance inserted in window opening to left of centre with modern stair to
first floor. Brick plinth moulded timber eaves, curved gables with stone
copings, extended with horizontal section to mask central valley. Gable stacks
to each pile. South wing, 2 bays with sash windows with heavy glazing bars,
semi-circular heads and timber architraves with key and impost blocks. C19
sash windows with glazing bars above. Plinth. Rusticated stone quoins at
the edges of shallow projecting central bay. North wing has ground floor
sash window as south, but with inserted door to right with raised and fielded
6 panel door with fanlight and re-used semi-circular fanlight from window
it replaces. C19 sash windows with rusticated stone flat arches and heavy
glazing bars. Plinth and quoins as south wing. Moulded timber cornice to
hipped roof. Stone cornice at first floor level with central section missing,
but linked to eaves cornice of the single storey early C19 pedimented wing
to north. Centre bay of this wing set foreward, with central sash window
with heavy glazing bars and rusticated flat stone arch. Above, pulvinated
stone frieze and inner pediment. Stone parapet eaves to hipped roof. At
the rear, central section has 5 bays, a.a.b.a.a., with central shallow
projecting bay with pediment. In central bay at ground floor, 6 panel part
glazed door with fielded panels and semi-circular fanlight with glazing bars.
Timber doorcase with projecting open pediment on consoles. Venetian window
to stair landing with pilasters, pulvinated frieze and glazing bars. At second
iloor, window with semi-circular head, timber architrave with key and respond
blocks. ½ height sash windows to second floor. Sash windows with splayed
rectangular pattern of heavy glazing bars, flat stone arches with key stones,
moulded timber cornice, stone quoins articulate north and south wings which
have later inserted windows. Fine mid C18 interior detail. Hall with
decorated cornice and landing with fine almost Rococo ceiling. Dog-leg stair
with open strings, curved tread ends, iron twist balusters and moulded hand-
rail, all lit by the Venetian window with pilasters and pulvinated frieze.
Raised and fielded plaster panelling with dado on ground floor parlour, and
in first floor boudoir which has scrolled pediment over the fireplace and
a quilted cornice. Raised and fielded 6 panel doors with shouldered archi-
traves. Raised and fielded window shutters. Semi-circular arches to Hall
with key and impost blocks. C20 addition to south not of special interest.
Listing NGR: TG2335711812
Source: English Heritage
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