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Latitude: 51.8966 / 51°53'47"N
Longitude: -2.0809 / 2°4'51"W
OS Eastings: 394530
OS Northings: 222005
OS Grid: SO945220
Mapcode National: GBR 2MB.2Q7
Mapcode Global: VH947.WL8F
Entry Name: Queens Circus
Listing Date: 5 May 1972
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1103862
English Heritage Legacy ID: 475003
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Electoral Ward/Division: Lansdown
Built-Up Area: Cheltenham
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Cheltenham, St Mary with St Matthew
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO9422SE MONTPELLIER AVENUE
630-1/13/519 Queen's Circus Nos.1-6 (consecutive)
Terrace of 5 (now 6) shops with flats over. Numbered right to
left, described left to right. c1820-40 with later alterations
including mid-late C19 shop front to Nos 2, 4 and 5. C20
ground-floor alterations to shop fronts. Stucco over brick
with concealed roof and brick party-wall stacks.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, 11 + 1 first-floor windows (3 at left
then 2 per house) including window to curved angle of No.1.
Stucco detailing includes first-floor band where original;
crowning frieze and cornice, ramped upwards from No.2. First
floor has 6/6 sashes throughout, second floor has 6/6 sashes
to No.1, otherwise 3/3 sashes, those to angle curved on
section; all in plain reveals and tooled architraves, those to
first-floor, No.1 with feet. Shop fronts: all retain frieze
and cornice; No.5 retains Victorian ground-floor shop front:
with off-centre left entrance a part-glazed door with pediment
breaking into overlight, slender columnar mullions and
basket-arched surrounds to windows, dentil frieze and
overlights with stained glass, dentil cornice, fascia and
further end carved pilasters. No.4: part-glazed door to left
and plate-glass windows with panelled aprons. No.2:
part-glazed double-doors with overlight and mullion and
transom windows with console brackets. Otherwise plate-glass
shop fronts and glazed doors of no special interest, entrance
to No.1 to angle at right.
Return has 3 storeys, 20 first-floor windows. First floor has
3 blind openings then 6/6 tall sashes throughout. Second floor
has 2 blind openings, 6/6 sash, blind openings then two 6/6
sashes, otherwise 3/3 sashes throughout; all in plain reveals,
the first 8 windows to first and second floors in tooled
architraves, those to second floors with sills and feet.
Ground floor: 2 blind openings with tooled architraves; pair
of entrances, one part-blocked, the other 4-panel double doors
with divided overlight, within doorcases with 3/4 engaged
Ionic columns surmounted by shared architrave, with continuous
frieze and cornice to first 8 openings acting as sill band to
first floor. Otherwise 8/8 and 6/6 sashes where original and
double 4-panel doors with overlights. 2 shop fronts to right.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: No.5 has continuous first-floor window
HISTORICAL NOTE: in his Guide to Cheltenham, written in 1845
but published in 1850, George Rowe wrote of, 'The handsome
shops in Montpellier Avenue.' Nos 1-5 are noted in Rowe's
Guide as shops of: Mr Abraham, Optician; Messrs Tyrell and
Foster, Cooks and Confectioners; Jull and Co, Tea and Grocery
Establishment; Mr Pearson, Chemist and Druggist; Mr Hacker,
Silk Mercer. Illustrations show only Nos 1 and 2 with tooled
architraves and crowning cornices.
(Rowe G: Illustrated Cheltenham Guide: Cheltenham: 1850-1969:
11,23; Blake S: 'The Building of the Montpellier Shops':
Cheltenham Local History Society Journal: 1984-).
Listing NGR: SO9453821977
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