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Latitude: 51.9914 / 51°59'29"N
Longitude: -2.1586 / 2°9'31"W
OS Eastings: 389203
OS Northings: 232562
OS Grid: SO892325
Mapcode National: GBR 1JR.12T
Mapcode Global: VH93T.J6PQ
Entry Name: Avonbrook House tewkesbury High School
Listing Date: 27 July 1973
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1201207
English Heritage Legacy ID: 376680
Location: Tewkesbury, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20
Civil Parish: Tewkesbury
Built-Up Area: Tewkesbury
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Tewkesbury St Mary the Virgin (Tewkesbury Abbey)
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO8932 CHURCH STREET
859-1/6/100 (South side)
Avonbrook House (Tewkesbury High
Large detached house, now girls' school. Late C18. The
architect possibly George Byfield, designer of Webber House
(qv), on stylistic grounds. Flemish bond brickwork, tile roof,
PLAN: a square block with symmetrical front to central
staircase, facing away from street; on entrance side an
attached one-storey entrance lobby with door at right end.
EXTERIOR: the garden front is 3 storeys and basement,
5-windowed. 9 above 12-paned sashes with very narrow glazing
bars, and brought down almost to floor level at ground floor,
all to fine cambered brick voussoirs and stone cills, with
central bay recessed in full-height brick arch. Central pair
of part-glazed doors with diamond pattern bars to stone Doric
doorcase with entablature.
Ground and first floors covered by early C19 decorative
wrought- and cast-iron balcony to wood slat deck and lead tent
hood; moulded stone cornice, blocking and coped parapet. All
raised on terrace approached by 6+1 stone steps with nosings.
Right (N) flank brick to parapet, and 2 string courses with
lofty arched staircase sash and one 12-pane sash.
Back, entry side, is 3-windowed with 9 above 12-pane sashes,
central bay recessed as front; single-storey addition has at
right end on 5 stone steps a 4-panel C18 door, under a light
panelled splayed porch with open sides. To the right of this
porch a 6-panel fielded door in moulded architrave and under a
pulvinated frieze with moulded cornice. The S flank is partly
concealed by later additions, and has external steel escape
INTERIOR: entrance hall on square stone flags set diagonally,
various panelled doors in reeded doorcases with rosettes, flat
cornice with rosettes at approx 300mm centres on low relief
leaf-scroll frieze. Grand stone stair in semicircular open
well has stick balusters to mahogany wreathed and swept
handrail returned at top landing to clear a doorcase. Upper
hall with detail as below formerly ran full depth of house,
now partitioned off near garden end.
Ground-floor library has 3 elliptical-headed recesses to
architraves and responds, and fireplace in white and grey
marble. Room above has white marble fireplace with central
panel in high relief. Secondary stair (NW corner) in timber,
narrow open-well winder to open scrolled string and stick
balustrade, through both floors; under this the basement stair
is tight winder with brick treads to concrete nosings
(formerly wood). Brick basement floor, some brick vaulting.
A grand house, somewhat compromised by additions, but
retaining most of the original detail in good condition.
Listing NGR: SO8920332562
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