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Picton House and Forecourt Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Bristol, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4655 / 51°27'55"N

Longitude: -2.5884 / 2°35'18"W

OS Eastings: 359222

OS Northings: 174223

OS Grid: ST592742

Mapcode National: GBR C9F.KH

Mapcode Global: VH88N.2FZD

Plus Code: 9C3VFC86+6J

Entry Name: Picton House and Forecourt Railings

Listing Date: 30 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202441

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380177

Location: Ashley, Bristol, BS6

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Ashley

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Paul's

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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901-1/36/1589 PICTON STREET
(South side)

House, used as office in late-C20, of c.1830.

MATERIALS: Roughcast rendered Pennant stone rubble with limestone dressings, roof not visible.

PLAN: 2-storeyed L-shaped plan with single-depth main range to front and small range to rear left (north).

EXTERIOR: Symmetrical double front with pilasters to frieze, cornice and parapet. The central doorway has a pedimented doorcase and fanlight over the six-panel door. The windows are 8/8 hornless sashes in fluted architrave with a small key. Above the door is a similarly-framed panel, on two small brackets, inscribed PICTON HOUSE. Rear: A large rectangular window has been inserted at ground floor; above this to the first floor are two 8/8 hornless sashes; below it a segmental arched double doorway gives access to the basement. Stone steps lead up from the small courtyard to a doorway in the north elevation of No. 23 (not included in the listing). The small north range has a canted oriel window at first floor with wooden casement to ground. There is a doorway at ground floor on the inner elevation.

INTERIOR: On each floor there is one room either side of the central narrow single flight stair, with a further room within the north range. The staircase has a narrow handrail, which looks to have been re-used. Doorways at ground floor have reeded architraves with roundels.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: spear-headed railings to forecourt. No. 23 which adjoins Picton House to the right is not of special interest.

HISTORY: Picton House and No. 23 Picton Street stand back from the street, aligned to the west and thus at a slight angle to their neighbours. The adjacent rows of houses are shown on Ashmead and Plumley's Map of 1828 but Picton House and No.23 are not. Stylistically, the house looks to be of late Georgian date and its construction probably post-dates the map by only a few years. It was converted into flats in the post-war period and was used as an office in the late C20.

Bristol City Council. Montpelier Conservation Area Appraisal. October 2008

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: Picton House and forecourt railings are designated Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* This is a good example of a classical town house, showing characteristic Regency touches.
* Despite some alteration to the interior, it retains its plan form and some features of interest, including good plasterwork and door surrounds.

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