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Taylor Maxwell House and Attached Front Balustrade

A Grade II* Listed Building in Clifton, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4594 / 51°27'33"N

Longitude: -2.6262 / 2°37'34"W

OS Eastings: 356590

OS Northings: 173561

OS Grid: ST565735

Mapcode National: GBR C1H.3Q

Mapcode Global: VH88M.FLH3

Plus Code: 9C3VF95F+PG

Entry Name: Taylor Maxwell House and Attached Front Balustrade

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202632

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380701

Location: Clifton, Bristol, BS8

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Clifton

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Clifton Christ Church with Emmanuel

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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901-1/1/1076 (East side)
08/01/59 Taylor Maxwell House and attached
front balustrade
(Formerly Listed as:
Crosfields House)


Formerly known as: Avonside House THE PROMENADE Clifton Down.
House, now office. 1839. By RS Pope. Limestone ashlar,
rendered side and rear, lateral and ridge stacks, and slate
hipped roof. Double-depth plan. Neoclassical style.
3 storeys and basement; 5-window range. A symmetrical front
has projecting 1-window wings with attached ground-floor Greek
Doric columns set back between banded pilaster strips to an
entablature, wide pilaster strips above, to a full-width heavy
bracketed cornice, outer pediments with tall parapets and
wreaths in the tympana, and a parapet with raised central
sections. The centre is banded on the ground floor with a
distyle-in-antis Doric entrance, the doorway set back with an
impost band and C20 door, and a shallow right-hand bay with
banded jambs.
First-floor windows are set in recesses with Corinthian
pilasters, the outer second-floor windows recessed with a
plain mullion, the middle ones with battered raised surrounds.
First-floor cantilevered stone balcony across the middle has
cast-iron balustrade of wreaths. 6/6-pane sashes, mullion and
transom casements first-floor outer windows. The left return
in 2 sections separated by a gap, outer windows with banded
ground-floor jambs, plain pilasters above to the cornice, and
a central 2-storey panel above the ground floor with waterleaf
moulding and anthemia in the corners.
Rear elevation is a 5-window range with a central ground-floor
bay articulated by fluted pilasters, a semicircular-arched
second-floor stair window with a stone balcony, both pierced
with rectangular holes with diagonal cast-iron railings; tall
left-hand oriel on iron stanchions with tripartite window.
INTERIOR: lobby to a rear central stair hall with an open
dogleg stone stair with moulded cast-iron balusters, and a
large fluted newel with a ball finial; left-hand central
lateral dogleg service stair with uncut string, stick
balusters and column newels; panelled reveals and 6-panel
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: a central raised terrace across the front
has attached battered balusters between the wings, dies to
either end of a central stair flight, with plain urn finials.
A well-detailed house making good use of the corner site. Part
of a remarkable group including Promenade House (qv),
Engineer's House (qv) and Trafalgar House (qv) extending NW
from Litfield House, Litfield Place (qv).
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 268; Mowl T: To Build The Second
City: Bristol: 1991-: 162).

Listing NGR: ST5659073561

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