Date Listed: 1 February 1988
Date Delisted: 05 May 2006
English Heritage Building ID: 289826
OS Grid Reference: SU9770668129
OS Grid Coordinates: 497706, 168129
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4038, -0.5967
The following building was delisted on 5th May 2006
1346/3/139 CHESTNUT AVENUE
Also Known As: BRACKEN, CHESTNUT AVENUE, WENTWORTH
House. Completed 1937, added to and altered mid-late C20. By Connell, Ward and
Lucas. For Williamson Noble (the Queen's surgeon). Concrete painted white, with blue-painted metal bands; some brick. Rectangular plan of 3 storeys, top storey of smaller floor area and surrounded by terrace; irregular 3 x 2 bays. In Inter-national style. Glazing mostly continuous with metal frames and glazing bars, casement windows and blue-painted metal sills. Entrance front: dominated by near-central, cantilevered, full-height glazed stair tower with vertical and horizontal glazing bars. Wide bay to left has entrance: door of 3 raised and fielded panels with glass-block panel on right protected by flat-roofed canopy supported by curving, tessellated side-wall (on left); wide window on left has horizontal glazing bars, deep sill, and lintel band which continues across porch; to left again, former recess, below cantilevered corner sympathetically infilled and almost in line with front wall having glass-block panel in brick wall. To right of stair tower, former garage, now part of house, with glass-block panel in brick wall. Continuous glazing to 1st floor and to 2nd floor, which is recessed either side of stair tower and partially concealed by the terrace wall; single-flue stack to left. Band across flat roof which oversails at either side to full width of house and is supported on slender circular columns. Sympathetically added single-storey bay on right with brick walling, glass-block panel and oversailing flat roof.
Rear (garden front): horizontal emphasis given by the horizontal as well as vertical glazing bars to the continuous windows. Ground floor recessed, apart from central, full-height, dining-room window which has glazed door in left return; left bay of brick with later smaller, window. 1st floor: central cantilevered, full-height, former living-room window; flanking windows under canopy which has continuous band. 2nd floor, under oversailing roof, has door to left and, to right, formerly open-fronted recess with round window in rear wall now fronted by double-glazing; stack to right corner.
Left return: right bay of brick; recessed door between bays.
Interior: dog-leg stair has solid-wall balustrade with mahogany hand rail; mahogany and glass partitions between hall and dining-room and 1st-floor landing and former living-room (now bedroom), the former altered; some of the internal partition walls have curved ends.
The house, formerly called "Bracken", was planned originally to have dining-room,
kitchen, maid's room and garage on ground floor; living-room, 5 bedrooms and 2
bathrooms on 1st floor; and 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on 2nd floor.
J Gould, Modern Houses in Britain, 1919-1939 (1979).
Source: English Heritage
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