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A Grade II Listed Building in Kingsmead, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3883 / 51°23'18"N

Longitude: -2.3811 / 2°22'51"W

OS Eastings: 373580

OS Northings: 165547

OS Grid: ST735655

Mapcode National: GBR 0Q8.YN1

Mapcode Global: VH96L.PC2J

Entry Name: Parkfield

Listing Date: 9 December 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1406478

Location: Bath and North East Somerset, BA1

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Electoral Ward/Division: Kingsmead

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bath

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Detached house, now apartments, built in c1860 to a design by James Wilson, with C20 additions.


MATERIALS: limestone ashlar, hipped slate roof with dormers and moulded stacks.

PLAN: double depth plan with stepped forward central gabled range.

EXTERIOR: two storeys with attic and basement, four-window range. Building encircled by ground floor platband and stone bracketed eaves, angled vertically to central gable that has pierced circle to apex, raised surrounds and moulded imposts to paired two/two-pane sash attic windows with horizontal glazing bars, attic sill band, tall paired segmental-arched plate glass first floor windows under cornice on consoles that open onto balcony formed by projecting porch that has moulded coping to panelled parapet stepped forward and pierced to centre over entrance, cornice to centre over moulded archivolt with blocks to key and sides, moulded imposts and impost band, plain fanlight over bolection-moulded double two-panel doors. Set back to right three storey belvedere with wrought iron finial and eaves band to pavilion roof, raised surround, sill band and chamfered mullion between paired semicircular arched windows to second floor, impost band to one semicircular arched window to first floor and small window below platband. Set back main block has gabled dormer to each side over raised surrounds and bracketed sills to plate glass first floor windows and similar ground floor window to the right. To left C20 lean-to conservatory. Left return has hip-roofed full height canted bay to left and external stack flanked by narrow windows to ground floor right. Rear similar with one small window beside stack.

INTERIOR: large entrance hall with guilloche frieze, open-well open-string staircase with fretted ends, turned balusters and wreathed mahogany handrail and curtail step.


Park Gardens was developed by E Pontifex and James Wilson on land formerly part of Victoria Nurseries. All houses were designed by Wilson. A conservatory was added in the C20.

Reasons for Listing

* Architectural interest: the house is a good example of the picturesque classical style, with belvedere tower, which was favoured in Bath in the later-C19;
* Intactness: the building has been little altered, save for the addition of a conservatory in the C20.

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