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Devonshire Buildings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barrow Island, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.1045 / 54°6'16"N

Longitude: -3.2308 / 3°13'50"W

OS Eastings: 319618

OS Northings: 468327

OS Grid: SD196683

Mapcode National: GBR 5NWZ.BD

Mapcode Global: WH72P.B3R7

Entry Name: Devonshire Buildings

Listing Date: 6 May 1976

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197845

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388535

Location: Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14

County: Cumbria

District: Barrow-in-Furness

Town: Barrow-in-Furness

Electoral Ward/Division: Barrow Island

Built-Up Area: Barrow-in-Furness

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Barrow-in-Furness St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Listing Text


SD1968 MICHAELSON ROAD, Barrow Island
708-1/13/95 (East side)
06/05/76 Nos.10-14 (Consecutive) Devonshire


Tenement block. c1875. By Paley and Austin of Lancaster
(plan); main contractors Smith and Caird of Dundee
(Trescatheric). Sawn, red ashlar sandstone; graduated slate
roof with brick stacks.
3 and 4 storeys with attics; 3:15:3 bays with 5-storey corner
tower on right and angled corner bay on far left; the end
pavilions are taller; recessed centre in repeated rhythm 2:1:2
divided by buttressed party walls. Near-symmetrical
composition. Rock-faced plinth rises to chamfered sill band;
sill bands to upper floors; 4-pane sashes.
End pavilions have 2-light mullioned windows: shouldered
lights and relieving arches to ground floor; relieving arches
to 2nd floor; round-arched lights with coupled hoodmoulds to
3rd floor. String course and terracotta corbel table to eaves
of mansard roof with hipped-roof dormers.
Centre: 2nd floor windows have shouldered lights; the single
bays project, have 2-light mullioned windows and rise as full
dormers with shouldered-light windows under relieving arches,
hoodmoulds and coped gables. Eaves, dormers and roof as end
pavilions. The buttresses rise to coped, party-wall parapets;
multiple-flue brick ridge stacks.
Corner tower on right is octagonal and has door to Michaelson
Road and round-arched windows to upper floors; short spire
with finial. Angled corner bay to far left is corbelled out at
each floor and terminates in square garret with single sash
and hipped roof. Rear: pavilions have angled staircase
recesses with wrought-iron railings to landings set on corbels
or segmental arches; round arches at top under hipped-roof
canopies on large brackets. Centre rises 4 full storeys and
has similar staircase with canted balconies.
Second block of tenements to be built on Barrow Island after
Devonshire Buildings (qv). Drawings survive and are dated
September 1874. The tower complements that of Devonshire
Buildings; the 2 ranges form an extremely impressive, first
rate (?) and early complex of superior industrial housing and
bear testimony to the versatility of this important
architectural partnership.

Listing NGR: SD1961868327

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

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