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Edwards Homes

A Grade II Listed Building in Weymouth, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.6059 / 50°36'21"N

Longitude: -2.4597 / 2°27'34"W

OS Eastings: 367564

OS Northings: 78570

OS Grid: SY675785

Mapcode National: GBR PY.DMTZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 57QG.RJP

Entry Name: Edwards Homes

Listing Date: 22 December 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1142326

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467690

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, DT4

County: Dorset

District: Weymouth and Portland

Town: Weymouth and Portland

Electoral Ward/Division: Weymouth East

Built-Up Area: Weymouth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Weymouth Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


WEYMOUTH

SY6778NE JAMES STREET
873-1/23/203 (East side)
Nos.10-14 (Consecutive)
Edwards' Homes

GV II

Group of 5 almshouses. 1894, endowed by Sir Henry Edwards.
Broadmayne brick with Portland stone dressings, slate roofs
with scalloped clay ridges.
PLAN: part of a larger group which starts in Rodwell Road
(qv), this section has a T-plan block set gable-end to Rodwell
Road, with a detached pair at the far end, all in a Tudor
Revival style.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, each with 1 window under a flush face
gable. All windows are 3-light casements with stone transom
and mullions, alternating flush jamb stones and plain lintel;
those at ground floor have small labels, continued over the
doors to Nos 10 & 11; the upper lights have small-scale
diamond panes in cast-iron, and the lower lights small
rectangular panes. Above the first-floor window to No.14, and
extending above the lintel is a panel with the date 1894. The
doors, on stone steps, and paired to Nos 10 & 11, have 3 small
panels below glazed lights to 4-centred heads under a deep
transom light with diagonal panes.
A rock-faced stone plinth, with a thin stone band to the
brickwork at approx 0.6m above it, and a similar sill band at
first floor. The gables, with a blind lancet to stone sill and
head, are coped, on kneelers, and with roll-mould
saddle-stones. At each party wall and end gables are raised
coped verges, and the brick stacks have high stone cappings
with crenellations.
Above each of the doors is a Portland stone sunk panel with
the monogram EH and a lion's head, surmounted by a label with
a raised centre. Nos 10 & 11 are 3-panel doors with 3 upper
glazed panels to 4-centred heads under a deep transom light;
above these are Portland stone panels with a carved lion's
head, and EH monogram, under ogee heads. The doors to Nos 13 &
14 are in the internal angle to the short projecting wing,
with a slated porch on deep Portland stone brackets. There are
original cast-iron downpipes with square hopper-heads,
ovolo-mould gutters.
The return to Rodwell Road has a large external stack, with
stone offset at first-floor level, and a niche with decorative
terracotta tiles inset, and below a gabled 'label'; the stack
has been cropped below ridge height. To each side, at ground

floor, is a single-light window to detail as the main front.
Various rear projections, and single-light windows at each
level.
On the outer corner of the building, set on the splay, is a
large Portland stone panel, to a 'nodding-ogee' head, above a
shield with coat of arms, and 'Perseverance', inscribed: THESE
HOMES WERE ERECTED AND ENDOWED BY SIR HENRY EDWARDS.
A.D.1894.' Sir Henry was Mayor of Weymouth, MP for the
constituency, and a considerable benefactor in the town.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
These almshouses are richly detailed, and externally remain
little altered; there is a further almshouse group in similar
detail, in Rodwell Avenue (qv).

Listing NGR: SY6756478570

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