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Eagle House Including Balustrade 2 Yards in Front of South Elevation, Batheaston

Description: Eagle House Including Balustrade 2 Yards in Front of South Elevation

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 1 February 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 32156

OS Grid Reference: ST7795068347
OS Grid Coordinates: 377950, 168347
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4137, -2.3184

Location: Steway Lane, Batheaston, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 7EG

Locality: Batheaston
County: Bath and North East Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA1 7EG

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Listing Text

(West side)
No. 71 (Eagle House)
1.2.56 including balustrade
2 yards in front of south
G.V. elevation


House, now flats. Late C17th/early C18th; remodelled 1724 (date on inner wall,
formerly west gable) and 1729 by John Wood, the Elder, for himself; extended
1906-1908 by Mowbray Green of Bath, for Lt. Col. Linley Blathwayt. Coursed
rubble with ashlar quoins and dressings (top two courses below eaves are ashlar,
denoting the raising of the roof); half-hipped slate roof; ashlar stacks;
moulded cornice. 2 storeys, basement and attics in pedimented dormers. South
(garden) elevation: 5 bays, plus 2 in 1906-08 extension to left. 24-pane
glazing bar sash windows in architraves, 18 panes to 1906-08 windows. Continuous
moulded string course above ground floor. Central feature of composition
surely by Wood, is Venetian; window on first floor with two outer blocked lights
and central triple keystone which rises to join the cornice. Below is Ionic
doorcase with heavily banded columns, pediment. Panelled door. Pierced
balustrade to terrace, 2 metres in front of south elevation. East elevation:
3 bays. Centre bay, by Wood, is slightly advanced; quoins; blocked window on
ground loor; shell headed niche containing urn on first floor with central
triple keystone which rises to form base of pediment; cartouche in tympanum of
pediment bears date 1729; coarsely cut eagle with spread wings surmounts
pediment. Outer bays; 2 24-pane glazing bar sash windows in architraves.
Continuous string course across 3 bays. Interior: Remains of early C18th
staircase; turned and twisted balusters. Panelled plasterwork at top of
stairs with shell-headed niches. Early - mid C18th fireplace in ground floor
room (Flat 1); Ionic pilasters, overmantel and decorative surround. Historically
a very important house. An important provincial baroque building. John Wood
the Elder's first known house and work in the Bath area. In Lt. Col. Blathwayt's
time the house was an important refuge for suffragettes who had been released
from prison after hunger strikes. Blathwayt marked the connection by planting
trees to commemorate each woman - at least 47 trees were planted between April
1909 and July 1911, including the Parkhursts, Despard, Fawcett, Lady Lytton.
The garden is now destroyed and the trees gone. Dobbie B.M.W., An English Rural
Community, 1969. Dobbie B.M.W., A Nest of Suffragettes in Somerset. Persner N.,
Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958.

Listing NGR: ST7795068347

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Source: English Heritage

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