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Latitude: 52.4691 / 52°28'8"N
Longitude: -1.9094 / 1°54'33"W
OS Eastings: 406253
OS Northings: 285689
OS Grid: SP062856
Mapcode National: GBR 5YD.9S
Mapcode Global: VH9Z2.V6GJ
Entry Name: 37-40, Lee Crescent B15
Listing Date: 31 December 1981
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1076283
English Heritage Legacy ID: 217349
Location: Birmingham, B15
Metropolitan District Ward: Edgbaston
Traditional County: Warwickshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands
Church of England Parish: Edgbaston St Bartholomew
Church of England Diocese: Birmingham
Nos 37 to 40 (consec)
SP 0685 NW 41/5 31.12.81
Circa 1830. Two palm of 3 storey, red brick, tunnel back houses, part of an
irregular terrace Nos 31 to 40. Nos 37-38 are stepped slightly higher on hill.
Particularly good examples of the tunnel back type, line used to create the
impression of substantial 3 bay symmetrical elevations, One window only to
each floor to left and right of entrances, revealed glazing bar sashes (squat,
2 x 4 panes top floor), stucco sills and stucco heeds on Tuscan capital stops,
with cornices on ground and first floors. Shallow moulded eaves cornices and
low pitch gable end slate roofs with brick chimney stacks and ornamental pots.
Each pair has a single central passage entrance treated as if it were main doorway,
set in antis under semi-circular rubbed brick gauged arch. That of Nos 37-38 has
door of 6 moulded panels in panelled reveal framed by coupled very slender wooden
Tuscan columns with reeded string below frieze and shallow projecting cornice, the
lunette fanlight above marginal glazed with geometric pattern; that of Nos 39-40
is variant of the same design with delicately fluted, flattened columns, the
lunette fanlight above cornice having in this case a swagged radial glazing pattern.
The actual house doors face each other half way down the tunnel passage, linked by
a semi-circular cross vault with panelled soffit. The doorway details repeat those
of passage entrances with same coupled columns etc, blind fanlights. A well
preserved and important example of tunnel back housing once so common in the city.
Listing NGR: SP0625385689
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