Description: Grafton Villas
Date Listed: 1 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 234850
OS Grid Reference: SP7278454120
OS Grid Coordinates: 472784, 254120
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1805, -0.9369
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SP 75 SW BLISWORTH NORTHAMPTON ROAD
4/27 Nos.25 and 27 (Grafton Villas)
01/12/51 (Formerly listed as Grafton
Pair of semi-detached cottages. 1838. Limestone ashlar, hipped slate roof,
central stone internal stack. Double-depth plan. 2-storey, 3-window range.
Central block has 16-pane sash windows to ground and first floors with moulded
stone surrounds, and is flanked by lower 2-storey wings. These wings house
staircase hall and have panelled doors in stone porches with Tuscan pillars and
pilasters, plain frieze, moulded cornice and blocking cornice; blank rectangular
panel above porch. Plinth, storey band, moulded stone cornice and blocking
cornice. Interior: stone cantilever staircases with cast-iron balustrade and
columns supporting landing and ramped and wreathed mahogany hand-rail.
Stone-flagged floors; some original stone chimneypieces. No.27 has original back
staircase leading from kitchen Part of an extensive building programme
undertaken by the Grafton estate under the direction of the agent John Gardner
and referred to in his letter of 19th October 1838 "I have chosen the site for,
and set out the double cottage this morning, it will have a Lodge-like effect,
and be an ornamental adjunct to the Archway as well as shew off or stone to the
best advantage". (Grafton papers G4034/2 accounts G3901). The cottages stand
beside the railway bridge (q.v.) on the main road to Northampton, referred to in
letter as "the Archway". They are built of local stone from the Grafton estate
quarry at Blisworth (q.v, Stone Works Farmhouse).
(Grafton papers Northamptonshire Record Office; J. Steane 'The Northamptonshire
Landscape', 1974, pp240-1)
Listing NGR: SP7278454120
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