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Durbins, Guildford

Description: Durbins

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 288884

OS Grid Reference: TQ0010148647
OS Grid Coordinates: 500101, 148647
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2282, -0.5678

Locality: Guildford
Local Authority: Guildford Borough Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: GU1 3XW

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Listing Text

(North Side , off)
1/5/53 No. 37 (Durbins)


House. Circa 1910, designed by Roger Fry for himself. Colourwashed render with
brick dressings and slate mansard roof. L-shaped plan on sloping site; rear
elevations half a storey higher than front. Two storeys and attics with paired
sash dormer windows in vertical pitch of roof. Entrance front to rear in angle
of two ranges. Brick stack to front right and brick dentilled eaves. Paired 12-
pane glazing-bar sash windows in attic on left hand range and to centre, single
attic window adjacent to stack on right. Irregular fenestration of mixed casements
and sash windows below. One casement window to left and one 3-light casement window
to centre on the first floor. One large 18-pane paired sash window to right and one
12-pane sash window to right of centre on the ground floor. Half-glazed door under
flat hood on scrolls and braces to centre angle; pentice to left with further door
approached up a flight of six steps. Right hand return front:- two attic windows,
one paired first floor sash window and one ground floor sash window, the latter
flanked by Venetian shutters. Door to left. Rear (Garden front):- Three bays ABA
with central bay projecting forward, flanked by full height red brick piers.
Paired attic sash windows 1-2-1 and paired windows in outer bays of first floor
flanked by shutters. Casement doors to ground floor outer bays with similar
flanking shutters. Tall through-floor windows to either side on central bay
flanking a 25-pane sash window; all three illuminating a central two storey living
hall behind. Stone and tile-on-edge chequerwork panel under centre window and over
6-panel door in stone keystoned surround. Hipped-roof pavilion with spherical
finial to roof to right. Open on two sides with round rubbed-brick columns and
trellis-work infilling to left.
Interior:- Facing the main entrance are two frescoes by Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and
Duncan Grant. Arched screen to base of main stair. Central, galleried, two storey
living hall to rear forms the hub of the compact plan.
The gardens were originally laid out by Gertrude Jekyll who visited Durbins during


Listing NGR: TQ0010148647

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Source: English Heritage

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