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1-12, Holly Village, Camden

Description: 1-12, Holly Village

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 10 June 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 478482

OS Grid Reference: TQ2858886501
OS Grid Coordinates: 528588, 186501
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5627, -0.1463

Location: St Alban's Road, Camden Town, Greater London N6 6QJ

Locality: Camden
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: N6 6QJ

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Listing Text


798-1/13/922 Nos.1-12 (Consecutive)


Group of 12 former estate cottages. l865. By HA Darbishire.
For Baroness Burdett-Coutts. Built by William Cubitt employing
Italian craftsmen for the wood carving. Multi-colour stock
brick with stone dressings; slate roofs with decorative
cresting. Substantial 2-storey cottages in cottage ornee style
picturesquely grouped around a private garden entered from
street through an archway flanked by 2 cottages.
EXTERIOR: Nos 1 & 2 and entrance: central gabled drop archway,
inscribed "Holly Village erected by AGB Coutts AD 1865",
surmounted by a small crowstep gable with oriel window of 3
pointed lights at the apex and flanked by carved stone figures
under carved wooden aedicules flanked by dormers; main gable
with wooden lattice bargeboard. Carved wooden Gothic 2-stage
lantern on ridge flanked by pairs of elaborate stone dressed
chimney-stacks. Smaller arches flanking entrance form porches
to gabled cottages with central projecting bays. Right hand
cottage, No.2, with 3-light bay window having pointed arches
on colonnettes at ground floor; floor 2 round-arched lancets
and lozenge above; wooden lattice bargeboards with finials;
pairs of elaborate stone dressed chimney-stacks. Left hand
cottage, No.1, with 2 pointed arch windows at ground floor;
1st floor 3-light bracketed casement with penthouse roof,
flanked by diaper brickwork; a roundel above; similar
bargeboards and chimneys.
No.3: detached gabled and dormered cottage with attached,
asymmetrically positioned 3-storey elaborate Gothic tower;
ground floor forming main entrance portico with trefoil arch
on clustered columns, enriched band at 1st floor level
continuing around the house, traceried lancets under pointed
arcading at 1st floor, 2nd floor paired pointed traceried
windows set in studding with herringbone brickwork nogging;
elaborate wooden parapet with carved wooden gabled spirelets.
Pointed slate roof surmounted by gabled spirelet. To right,
traceried window of 3 pointed lights at ground floor; 1st
floor with 2-light dormer having pierced bargeboards. Cusped
bargeboards with finials; elaborate chimneys.
No.4: detached gabled and dormered cottage with projecting
right hand bay. Main entrance porch to left with pitched
slated roof and carved wooden drop arch on colonnettes. Ground
floor to right hand bay projecting with 2 gabled windows and

slated penthouse roof. Enriched band at 1st floor level
continuing around the house. Traceried 2-light pointed window
at 1st floor with lozenge over. Carved bargeboards of wave
design and finials; elaborate chimneys.
Nos 5 & 6: semi-detached gabled and dormered pair. Entrances
on returns. Outer bays projecting, each with window of 3
pointed lights to ground floor, enriched band at 1st floor
continuing around the house, 2nd floor window of 2 pointed
lights and lozenge above. Central bays each with bay windows
of 4 pointed lights with continuous penthouse roof forming
gables at windows; 1st floors each with 2-light dormers with
pierced bargeboards. Carved bargeboards with finials and
central stack of 8 clustered chimneys flanked by paired
chimneys, all with stone dressings.
Nos 7 & 8: semi-detached gabled and dormered pair with diaper
work and enriched 1st floor band. Asymmetrically placed
projecting bay having 5 pointed light canted bay window with
penthouse roof at ground floor and traceried 2-light pointed
window at 1st floor with lozenge over. Slated entrance porch
to right with wooden bargeboards forming trefoil arch on
colonnettes; traceried 4-light pointed window. 2nd floor with
two 2-light dormers having pierced bargeboards. Left hand
return of projecting bay with verandah entrance having slated
roof and patterned wooden supports. Carved and pierced
bargeboards with finials and clustered chimneys.
Nos 9 & 10: semi-detached gabled and dormered pair similar to
Nos 5 & 6 with exception of ground floor windows to central
bays being flush.
No.11: detached gabled and dormered cottage with diaper work
to 1st floor and enriched 1st floor band. Main entrance at
angle of main range and projecting right hand bay. Porch of
pointed arcading, with trefoil entrance arch on geometrically
patterned base; slated mansard roof with gable over entrance
arch. Traceried 3-light pointed window to left and 2-light and
1-light dormers with pierced bargeboards to 1st floor.
Projecting bay with 3 individual pointed lights at ground
floor and bracketed bay window of 3 pointed lights and roundel
above at 1st floor. Cusped bargeboards with finials and
enriched rectangular chimney-stack at angle of cross roofs.
No.12: detached gabled and dormered cottage with diaper work
to ground floor and 1st floor on right return. Main entrance
in projecting 3 storey Gothic tower at right hand angle.
Ground floor forms porch with entrance of cusped pointed arch
on colonnettes flanked by carved roundels. Enriched band at
1st floor level continuing around the house. 1st floor with 3
lancets under elaborate wooden bracketed gable hoods with
carved gargoyles at angles and geometrically patterned
studding above. 2nd floor with studding forming traceried

blind arcading and central 2-light traceried pointed arch
dormer windows. Carved wooden spirelets at angles and pointed
roof. Central bay with single pointed light at ground floor
and 2 pointed lights at 1st floor. Projecting left hand bay
with traceried 3-light pointed window to ground floor and
similar 2-light window with lozenge over at 1st floor. Carved
and pierced bargeboards with finials. Elaborate chimney-stacks
at angle of cross roofs.
INTERIORS: not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: a model venture for private rent to those on
considerable incomes. Holly Village was never lived in by her
estate workers or Coutts Bank clerks. The Village was
purchased by its tenants in 1921.

Listing NGR: TQ2858886501

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