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Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum, 1 South Brink Place and 7 and 8 South Brink

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.6646 / 52°39'52"N

Longitude: 0.1569 / 0°9'24"E

OS Eastings: 545964

OS Northings: 309612

OS Grid: TF459096

Mapcode National: GBR L1Q.Y7B

Mapcode Global: WHJPH.C9Z3

Plus Code: 9F42M574+RQ

Entry Name: Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum, 1 South Brink Place and 7 and 8 South Brink

Listing Date: 31 October 1983

Last Amended: 5 June 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1126599

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48450

Location: Wisbech, Fenland, Cambridgeshire, PE13

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Fenland

Civil Parish: Wisbech

Built-Up Area: Wisbech

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Wisbech St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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No 1
Octavia Hill Birthplace


Includes: Nos 7 AND 8 SOUTH BRINK

Pair of houses, built as single house c.1740, extended east by 3 window bays c.1750-51 and converted to 2 houses. Rear extensions early C19; house split into 3 properties c.1850. No.1 South Brink Place converted to Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum 1994-95. Local brown brick with stucco dressings; hipped slate roofs. Double pile plan.
Exterior: 3 storeys with basement; 8-window range. 2 matching doorcases with shouldered stuccoed architraves, pulvinated friezes and segmental pediments. Half-glazed door to left (No.7), 8-panelled door to right, the upper 2 panels glazed. Basement forecourt railings between doors set in front of bowed display window converted from 2 sashes early C20. Fenestration of 6/6 unhorned early C19 sashes under gauged skewback arches, those to first and second floors over left doorway blind (set in front of east return wall of original single house). Stuccoed platbands between floors and under parapet. Parapet rebuilt early C19 and central pediment introduced. 3 stacks irregularly placed. West return to South Brink Place is 4-window range, the windows of second bay blind. 2 arched doorways to right within stuccoed cases containing 8-panelled doors, that to left half-glazed. Fenestration of 6/6 unhorned early C19 sashes. Stuccoed platbands and parapet continue. Prominent stack on wall plane.
Rear elevation with one gabled 2-storey extension east and west, that to west c.1740 with flat-roofed extension added early C19 in form of Chinese loggia: 2 open arches (subsequently glazed and boarded) within open lattice timberwork. First floor with central ogee-headed 2-light casement flanked by one 8/8 unhorned sash either side with arched heads with intersecting tracery. East extension added 1818 as banking hall for James Hill; converted to domestic use 1825 on collapse of Wisbech bank. 2 arched 6/6 unhorned ground-floor sashes and 2 plain 6/6 unhorned sashes to first floor. Additional centre-hung casement to north. Main rear wall with tripartite ground-floor sash without glazing bars and one 6/6 sash to each floor above, the first-floor sash with horns. One additional second-floor casement and arched staircase window to west.
Interior: No. 7 has late C18 staircase and modern office details. No. 8 with passageway to staircase hall, the passage now opened to the east for offices. Mid C18 closed string staircase in rear pile with turned balusters, moulded handrail and panelled square newels. Matching panelled dado. Central first-floor drawing room with doorcase with fluted pilasters and block entablatures. Full plank and muntin panelling and dado panelling. Lugged fire surround with egg and dart mouldings and marble insert of c.1840 with Chinese pastoral scene. No. 1 South Brink Place with fine reception room to north, formerly the dining room: doorcase with pulvinated frieze and cornice, on the former stylized acanthus carving. Lugged fire surround with egg and dart mouldings beneath frieze with raised floral carvings and 2 consoles to mantelshelf. Shouldered and eared overmantel panel. Full plank and muntin panelling and dado rail. Principal bedroom immediately above (display room): square panelling below dado rail, plank and muntin panelling above. Fireplace with C19 marble insert. Kitchen to ground floor rear (shop) with secondary late C18 staircase with stick balusters and ramped and wreathed handrail.

House noted as birthplace of Octavia Hill (1838-1912).
W.D. Wilson: Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum, unpublished history, 1994


5080 The Victoria History of the Counties of England (LF Salzman),
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the
Isle of Ely (LF Salzman), 1953, Vol 4, Page(s) 242
5080 The Victoria History of the Counties of England (LF Salzman),
The Victoria History of the County of Cambridgeshire and the
Isle of Ely (LF Salzman), 1953, Vol 4, Page(s) 262
5080 The Buildings of England, Cambridgeshire (Nikolaus Pevsner), 1970, Page(s) 501

Listing NGR: TF4596409612

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