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Latitude: 50.3671 / 50°22'1"N
Longitude: -4.1459 / 4°8'45"W
OS Eastings: 247482
OS Northings: 54114
OS Grid: SX474541
Mapcode National: GBR R9R.6F
Mapcode Global: FRA 2862.8NQ
Entry Name: Numbers 1 to 14 and Attached Forecourt Walls and Railings
Listing Date: 25 January 1954
Last Amended: 9 November 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1129988
English Heritage Legacy ID: 473180
Location: Plymouth, PL1
County: City of Plymouth
Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront
Built-Up Area: Plymouth
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX4754 ATHENAEUM STREET, Hoe
740-1/57/255 (West side)
25/01/54 Nos.1-4 (Consecutive)
and attached forecourt walls and
(Formerly Listed as:
ATHENAEUM STREET, Plymouth
Nos.1-4 AND 10-14 (Consecutive))
2 pairs of houses, part of planned street. c1829, attributed
MATERIALS: stucco, with traces of incised blocking out, on
probable rubble, with stucco detail; asbestos slate stepped
roofs behind parapet with moulded cornice (as part of
entablature to Nos 2-4) and recessed centre panel to each
pair; segmental-roofed attic dormers, No.2 with possibly
original 16-pane sash, and brick end stacks with various old
PLAN: double-depth plan plus rear service wings.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys plus attic over basement; each pair of
houses a symmetrical 4-window front with centre bays broken
forward. Stucco detail includes channelled rustication to
ground floor of Nos 2 and 3, recessed segmental-arched panels
to ground-floor openings, moulded architraves to 1st floor of
Nos 2 and 3, remains of Greek key pattern to parapet frieze of
No.2 and sill string to all. Original hornless sashes to No.3,
now 6-pane sashes but with horizontal glazing bars removed to
1st-floor sash, the ground-floor sash originally with wide
margin panes. These are the only original windows in the
street at the front above basement level. Other windows are
later horned sashes to Nos 1 and 3 and C20 windows to No.4.
Both pairs retain their original pilastered wooden porches,
each with a squat segmental pediment over an entablature with
key pattern to frieze, No.2 has a C20 copy 4-panel door with
top 2 panels glazed, the others have late C20 doors.
INTERIOR: not inspected but may contain original features of
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: original wrought-iron forecourt walls and
railings with arrow-head finials and urn finials to
stanchions, the railings crossing the entrance bridges and
down to the basement.
Although damaged during the Blitz, this street is still a good
example of early C19 terraced house design and part of an
important planned group on the Hoe.
(Cox J and Thorp J (Keystone, Historic Buildings Consultants):
Atheneum Street, Plymouth, Devon: K426 2; The Buildings of
England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-: 664).
Listing NGR: SX4748054160
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