Date Listed: 1 February 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 32181
OS Grid Reference: ST7906866940
OS Grid Coordinates: 379068, 166940
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4011, -2.3023
ST 7866-7966 BATHFORD C.P. BATHFORD HILL
1.2.56 Whitehaven (formerly listed as
G.V. Titan Barrow)
Country House, now a nursing home. 1748 by John Wood the Elder of Bath;
extensive additions to left (kitchen wing) 1936-37 in C18th style. Ashlar;
hipped slate roofs behind balustraded parapets - moulded cornice; large ashlar
stacks. 2 storeys, basement and attics in modern dormer. Entrance elevation:
5 bays, centre 3 advanced and capped by pediment. C19th large pane sash windows
in architraves. C19th projecting one storey porch with dentilled pediment,
Corinthian pilasters; panelled door in semi-circular head opening with keystone.
Garden (north-west) elevation: 5 bays. 4 giant order engaged Corinthian
columns to centre 3 bays; dentilled pediment, heraldic shield surrounded by
wreath in tympanum, pineapple finial on apex and sides. Outer bays have giant
order Corinthian pilasters. Decorative frieze across whole facade with heads
and swags. All windows altered: C19th French windows on ground floor, 1, 3 and
5 have Corinthian pilasters and pediments above, 2 and 4 have entablature and
pilasters; 5 large pane sashes on upper floor (replaced 4 small attic windows).
Interior: Mid C18th shell headed niche in first floor room. Redcliffe Backs
Delft polychrome tiles of c.1750 to fireplace in dining room. C20th reproduction
neo-classical ceilings. L plan 1936-37 block joins house to former dairy: Early-
mid C18th. Rubble; double Roman tiled roof with coped raised verges. Gable
end has 2 3-light casement windows; under cornice on ground floor; with Gothic
glazing and pointed heads on first floor. Inside are the stone dairy slabs on
heavy square baluster legs. The house was built for Mr. Southwell Piggitt for
the sum £752.10s. The masterbuilder and mason was John Ford of Walcot, Bath.
The carpenter was George Hatherell of St. James' Parish, Bath and the stone
carver was Robert Parsons of Lyncombe and Widcombe Parish, Bath. Pevsner, N.,
Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958. Dear, L.M. Whitehaven :
The Story of Titan Barrow (Whitehaven Trust). - Wood, J. the Elder, Essay Towards
a Description of Bath, 1742.
Listing NGR: ST7906866940
Source: English Heritage
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