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Silvester House

A Grade II Listed Building in Bideford, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0161 / 51°0'57"N

Longitude: -4.2069 / 4°12'24"W

OS Eastings: 245298

OS Northings: 126394

OS Grid: SS452263

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.JB2P

Mapcode Global: FRA 262F.GWR

Entry Name: Silvester House

Listing Date: 19 April 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200885

English Heritage Legacy ID: 375776

Location: Bideford, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Bideford

Built-Up Area: Bideford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bideford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


842-1/6/63 (West side)
Silvester House


House with shop. Early C20. Solid rendered front. Slated roof
with pierced, crested red ridge-tiles.
2 and-a-half storeys, the half-storey partly in the
roof-space; one-window range. Ground storey has original shop
front with flanking pilasters, these carrying tall bracketed
blocks with the number of the house inset at the top. Between
the blocks runs a glazed fascia, inscribed in gilt letters T.
L. HAMLYN & SON: above is a moulded cornice with floral iron
cresting. Plain display window, canted inwards at left-hand
end to accommodate the shop door, above which is written in
House-door to left is half-glazed with a solid moulded panel
at the bottom. Fanlight has the name SILVESTER HOUSE in gilt
letters, enclosed by a gilt border with red, green, and black
flowers. Left reveal in front of door carries a large painting
in Art Nouveau style of a woman in a long, off-the-shoulder
dress wandering in the countryside; beneath it is a quotation
from Tennyson, 'Then flush'd her cheek with rosy light, She
glanced across the plain'. The painting is signed BERT HAMLYN
and dated 1912. The floor below it is covered with coloured,
patterned mosaic and bears the name HAMLYN.
Second storey flanked by panelled pilaster-strips with scrolls
at the top, these supporting a cornice which extends across
the whole front. In the centre a canted bay window with shaped
base; wooden casements, the transom-lights with coloured
glass. The sills and transoms are continued to meet the
pilasters. Third or half-storey has raised quoins. At the top
a prominent eaves-cornice on large, multiple, shaped brackets,
this being broken in the centre by a tall dormer-gable with
projecting eaves and bargeboards. Dormer has 2-light casement
window with transom-light containing coloured glass; mock
timber-framing on face of gable above.
INTERIOR: shop has original decorated panelling. Iron
chimneypieces with inner surround of coloured tiles. Ceiling
at the front, apparently with coloured paper decoration;
patterned ceiling of plaster or papier-mache at rear. Upper
storeys not inspected.

Listing NGR: SS4529826394

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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