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Grafton Villas

A Grade II Listed Building in Blisworth, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.1805 / 52°10'49"N

Longitude: -0.9369 / 0°56'12"W

OS Eastings: 472784

OS Northings: 254120

OS Grid: SP727541

Mapcode National: GBR BWZ.9XX

Mapcode Global: VHDSB.QG17

Entry Name: Grafton Villas

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 15 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1040977

English Heritage Legacy ID: 234850

Location: Blisworth, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN7

County: Northamptonshire

District: South Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Blisworth

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Blisworth St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Listing Text

(West side)
4/27 Nos.25 and 27 (Grafton Villas)
01/12/51 (Formerly listed as Grafton


Pair of semi-detached cottages. 1838. Limestone ashlar, hipped slate roof,
central stone internal stack. Double-depth plan. 2-storey, 3-window range.
Central block has 16-pane sash windows to ground and first floors with moulded
stone surrounds, and is flanked by lower 2-storey wings. These wings house
staircase hall and have panelled doors in stone porches with Tuscan pillars and
pilasters, plain frieze, moulded cornice and blocking cornice; blank rectangular
panel above porch. Plinth, storey band, moulded stone cornice and blocking
cornice. Interior: stone cantilever staircases with cast-iron balustrade and
columns supporting landing and ramped and wreathed mahogany hand-rail.
Stone-flagged floors; some original stone chimneypieces. No.27 has original back
staircase leading from kitchen Part of an extensive building programme
undertaken by the Grafton estate under the direction of the agent John Gardner
and referred to in his letter of 19th October 1838 "I have chosen the site for,
and set out the double cottage this morning, it will have a Lodge-like effect,
and be an ornamental adjunct to the Archway as well as shew off or stone to the
best advantage". (Grafton papers G4034/2 accounts G3901). The cottages stand
beside the railway bridge (q.v.) on the main road to Northampton, referred to in
letter as "the Archway". They are built of local stone from the Grafton estate
quarry at Blisworth (q.v, Stone Works Farmhouse).
(Grafton papers Northamptonshire Record Office; J. Steane 'The Northamptonshire
Landscape', 1974, pp240-1)

Listing NGR: SP7278454120

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