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Highfield House

A Grade II Listed Building in Derby, City of Derby

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Latitude: 52.9339 / 52°56'1"N

Longitude: -1.486 / 1°29'9"W

OS Eastings: 434646

OS Northings: 337508

OS Grid: SK346375

Mapcode National: GBR PH9.CN

Mapcode Global: WHDGT.4JN5

Entry Name: Highfield House

Listing Date: 12 January 2005

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391228

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493563

Location: Derby, DE22

County: City of Derby

Electoral Ward/Division: Darley

Built-Up Area: Derby

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Derby St Alkmund and St Werburgh

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

12-JAN-05 Highfield House

DATE:1827 with later alterations.
ARCHITECT: Richard Leaper for Rev. Edward Unwin, Rector of St. Werburgh's, Derby.

MATERIALS: Ashlar-faced to south and east front, otherwise of whitewashed brick. C20 concrete-tiled hipped roof with stone ridge and brick rear stacks.
PLAN: Rectangular plan with slightly lower rear wing.

EXTERIOR: Austere late Classical style with many 6/6 sashes with unusual wooden jalousies (shutter frames and shutters). East front is a complete 4-window range on both floors of these. South, entrance, front is a 3-window range at first floor, again complete, but over square stone bays with 1/1 sashes. The house has a central Doric porch which has been glazed-in in the C19 and which also has a glazed projection canopy with curving roof supported on decorative cast iron brackets. The west, garden, front has a canted bay with sashes and a prentice roof, a part-glazed door and other mainly 6/6 sashes. The rear to the yard has a large 8/8 staircase sash, other sashes and windows and a door within recess. Extending from the north-east corner is a high brick wall with stone capping punctuated by a pedestrian entrance and a carriage gateway with large piers. The wall then encloses the north side of the yard and here it has an ashlar base.

INTERIOR: The part-glazed front door has decorative engraved-glass panels and similar overlight. The hall has a rich modillion cornice and ceiling rose. Six-panels doors, moulded architraves here and elsewhere in the house with most rooms having simple fireplaces, skirtings, dado rails and cornices, etc. The staircase hall has a dogleg stair with cast-iron balustrade of alternate stick balusters and moulded ones with foliage and central open diamonds. Mahogany wreathed handrail which curves on the landing. The dining room has mid/late C19 decorative frieze, cornice and ceiling panels and a mid C19 marble fireplace, bought in. The drawing room has a similar marble fireplace, also bought in, and a rich modillion cornice. The kitchen has an unusual tiled wall of the early 1970's, painted with an extensive vine.

HISTORY: Richard Leaper (1759-1838) was a Derby tanner, Alderman and amateur architect and served as Mayor of Derby in 1794, 1807, 1815 and 1824. He designed various villas in the area for Rev. Edward Unwin, Rector of St. Werburgh's, Derby. The sliding jalousies were originally of cast iron but have been carefully renewed in wood. The wooden replacements follow the cast iron pattern by Wheaterhead, Glover and Co., of the Brittania Foundry, Duke Street, Derby. The architect often incorporated jalousies by this firm.

Highfield House is a fine villa of the period with many surviving internal features.

Highfield House is a fine Regency villa which was first listed in 2005.

* Highfield House is a fine Regency Villa of 1827

* The house has many surviving interior features

* The architect is of great local interest sufficient to add interest to the building

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

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