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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1384877



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Tiverton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 12-Feb-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Apr-2000

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 485336

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SS9512 PHOENIX LANE, Tiverton 848-1/6/248 (South West side) 12/02/52 Gotham House including forecourt walls and entrance gates (Formerly Listed as: FORE STREET, Tiverton (South side) Gotham House including forecourt walls and gate)


Large town house, now used as offices. Early C18, thoroughly restored 1966 by Clement Toy, architect with Raymond Erith, consultant architect. MATERIALS: Flemish bond brickwork with some blue headers; rear left return has bands of rubbed brick headers; left return is Flemish bond; rubbed brick flat arches over windows; purple slatestone footings. Slate roof. Glazed ridge tiles; cast-iron rain water goods; stacks with brick shafts; brick bands, corbelled cornice and tapering yellow pots. PLAN: double-depth plan, under an M profile roof, 2 rooms wide heated from end stacks with an open-well stair in a central stair hall and through-passage. Kitchen in half-basement with service stair at south-west end. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and basement. Symmetrical 5-bay front. Ground and first floor have giant brick pilasters to left and right and flanking centre bay. These have moulded caps and bases and fluted sections below a deep moulded cornice that projects out round the pilasters. Shorter pilasters above the cornice rise to the top of the parapet. Moulded brick string at first-floor level. Pilastered doorcase with round-headed outer doorway with fanlight and 2-leaf door. Ground and first-floor windows have segmental-headed arches and are glazed with 6 over 9-pane sashes with triple keystones. Second-floor windows are small 4 over 8-pane sashes with a moulded brick cornice over the central window. Basement area has iron railings. Rear elevation almost symmetrical, 3-bays with 5 windows. Bays divided by pilasters. Small blind projection at right end, perhaps a lavatory shaft. Platband below parapet; platband at ground-floor level; bands above window sills in outer bays only. Steps up to rear doorway which has segmental hood on shaped timber brackets. Pilastered segmental-headed doorcase with panelled reveals. 2-leaf half-glazed door, panelled below with glazing bars with margin panes and intersecting glazing bars in the head. Large, impressive stair window with round-headed architrave of fluted Doric pilasters, rusticated arch and apron. Window glazed with 8/12 sash with intersecting glazing bars. Segmental-headed basement windows glazed with high-transomed casements with glazing bars. ground-floor windows have rubbed brick arches and keyblocks. They are sash windows with boxed frames glazed with 6/9 sashes to left of front door and 18-pane sashes to right. Similar first-floor windows 6/9 sashes. Second floor attic windows glazed with 4/8 sashes. The left return has one ground and one first floor segmental-headed 6/9 sash. Second-floor windows are square-headed 4/8 sashes. INTERIOR: good interior detail. Fine early C18 open string stair with ramped wreathed flat-handrail and alternating barleysugar and fluted balusters, 3 balusters to each breacketed tread. Joinery includes 6-panel doors with fielded panelled reveals; 2-panel doors to service. Panelled stair dado with fluted pilasters. Massive wall cornice and plaster roundel to stair hall. One good chimneypiece seen; others believed to survive. Marble chimneypiece has Corinthian columns and frieze of sphinxes and cherubs; cast-iron grate. C19 fittings include butler's pantry and dumb waiter. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: forecourt walls are crowned with C20 cast-iron railings. Square brick gate piers have urn finials. HISTORY: the cornice on the front elevation was replaced in 1966 and the front boundary wall was coped.

Listing NGR: SS9551712446

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National Grid Reference: SS 95517 12446


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