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Waterlow Court

A Grade II* Listed Building in Garden Suburb, Barnet

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Latitude: 51.5729 / 51°34'22"N

Longitude: -0.1892 / 0°11'21"W

OS Eastings: 525588

OS Northings: 187558

OS Grid: TQ255875

Mapcode National: GBR C4.JZN

Mapcode Global: VHGQK.NQVK

Plus Code: 9C3XHRF6+58

Entry Name: Waterlow Court

Listing Date: 18 March 1965

Last Amended: 28 November 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1064889

English Heritage Legacy ID: 198945

Location: Barnet, London, NW11

County: Barnet

Electoral Ward/Division: Garden Suburb

Built-Up Area: Barnet

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Jude-on-the-Hill Hampstead Garden Suburb

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

TQ2587 HEATH CLOSE, Hampstead Garden Suburb
31-0/28/38 Waterlow Court


Philanthropic housing for young women. 1908-09, to the design of M. H. Baillie-Scott, for the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company, founded in the 1860s by Sydney Waterlow. Brick, limewashed inside courtyard; timber framing with brick nogging; roofs and dressings of tile. Lych-gate like structure at the end of Heath close leads to timber-framed and covered walkway to two-storey quadrangle; on main axis a three-storey, gable-facing pavilion projects, with windows in diminishing widths and numbers to gable; flat-roofed dormers throughout; the intersection of pavilion roof with main ridge of quadrangle marked by timber cupola. High axial brick stacks each range. The most arresting features of interior are the the round.-arched arcades to the ground floor of all interior elevations which create a 'cloister' effect and which serve as walkway to ground-floor flats as well as giving access to stairs. Access off cloisters to fine dog-leg staircases with eighteenth-century style balusters and Jacobean style handrail and newel posts with turned finials. Accommodation is arranged in 3 to 5 room flats, simply designed with similar plank doors and cupboard doors with H-L hinges; some rooms retain open fireplaces. Former communal dining area, now flat, in gabled block to rear of courtyard not inspected. Window widths of cloister ranges vary slightly. Mullioned, leaded casements of an original design. Timber framing to exterior elevations. Included also is the attached Bungalow, of one storey, 6-window range and in similar style, with similar doors and fenestration. Waterlow Court was built as flats for working women and also contained communal rooms. The original fittings, door and window furniture made by J. Pyghtle White of Bedford for Ambrose Heal of London. Waterlow Court is rightly one of the most widely admired and studied of the Garden Suburb buildings: the high architectural quality derives from excellent proportions and the subtle relationship among window openings dormers, stacks, and, most memorable of all, the arcaded cloister.

Listing NGR: TQ2558887558

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

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