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78, Derngate, Northampton

Description: 78, Derngate

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 22 January 1976
English Heritage Building ID: 232284

OS Grid Reference: SP7589760285
OS Grid Coordinates: 475897, 260285
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2355, -0.8900

Location: Derngate, Northampton NN1 1UH

Locality: Northampton
Local Authority: Northampton Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN1 1UH

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Listing Text

SP 7560 SE
(south west side)
4/537 No 78
GV II* (star)

House, early C19 with extension and alterations 1916/19 by Charles Rennie
Mackintosh for W J Bassett-Lowke. Red brick and Welsh slate roof with brick
ridge stack. Moulded brick eaves. Part of a terrace. 3 storeys and attic
with basement to rear. Single main window range. To right are steps with
iron balustrade which lead to front door and lamp with surrounding decoration
above all designed by Mackintosh. This is set in early C19 moulded doorcase,
part of pair with No 76 (qv) adjoining to right. On left a square bay with
plain-tile pentice roof and leaded casements also designed by Mackintosh.
On first floor a 2-light casement set in original opening and,to right, a
small sash, both these also designed by Mackintosh. 16-pane sash on 2nd floor
and 2-light flat-roofed attic dormer. To rear, across most of the width is
the extension designed by Mackintosh with a 4-light casement to the basement
(part glazed door to left), windows on 2 sides to Dining Room, partly with
leaded lights and characteristic handles, balcony verandah above (now glazed)
and balcony to 2nd floor 2-light French window. Rear is cement rendered as
designed by Mackintosh. Interior: remains almost completely as re-organised
by Mackintosh. Front hall/parlour has moulded fireplace surround, very fine
screen with panels of coloured leaded glass, curved newel and door. Dining
room has walnut fitted china cabinets, with drawers below, panelling and built-
in wall lamps, together with fireplace (grate appears renewed). Staircase
has further lattice screens including that to bathroom as well as fitted
cupboards. Bathroom has similar lattice design fitted cupboards and the
original American Kohler bath. One window pane is mirrored. 1st and 2nd
floor bedrooms have simple ceramic tile fireplaces possibly also by Mackintosh.
The attic remains early c19 in character. As regards the extension, Howarth
(op cit) considers that no other work in this country at the time bears so
clearly the characteristics of the modern movement. Many of Mackintosh's
original drawings together with contemporary photographs are in the Glasgow
University collection. Part of the furniture designed by Mackintosh for the
house are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Glasgow
University, and Northampton Museum.
(Thomas Howarth: C R Mackintosh and the Modern Movement: 1977: p199-204;
Roger Billcliffe: Mackintosh Furniture and Interiors: 1981: p218-252.)

Listing NGR: SP7589760283

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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