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Hill House Including Frontage Wall to North and Boundary Wall

A Grade II Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.021 / 52°1'15"N

Longitude: 0.2395 / 0°14'22"E

OS Eastings: 553762

OS Northings: 238205

OS Grid: TL537382

Mapcode National: GBR MC3.7CB

Mapcode Global: VHHL4.3GGL

Plus Code: 9F4226CQ+9Q

Entry Name: Hill House Including Frontage Wall to North and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 1 November 1972

Last Amended: 31 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206101

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370603

Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10

County: Essex

Civil Parish: Saffron Walden

Built-Up Area: Saffron Walden

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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Listing Text


669-1/1/217 (West side)
01/11/72 No.75
Hill House including frontage wall
to north and north boundary wall
(Formerly Listed as:
General Post Office Sorting Office)


Large town house, now divided into 17 flats. Early and mid
C19. Ashlar, stuccoed brickwork with slated hipped roofs. Main
block of 4 storeys with 3 storey extension to N and recessed
centre to garden front (rear). The entire block has wide
overhanging eaves with moulded soffit and there are 3 tall
stuccoed stacks with cornices and close spaced modillions.
High Street elevation of main block has stucco bands between
each storey and central 2-storey bow of slight projection with
decorative panels in parapet. On the third floor there are
three 6-pane square double hung sashes. The second floor has 3
similar deeper 12 paned double-hung sashes. The first floor
has one similar window either side of central bow which has 3
similar windows. Windows are arranged in similar way on ground
floor but these are 9 panes, segmental arched and have
keystones over. To the S is a projecting flat roofed porch
with door deeply recessed between pilasters to form lobby.
This has serpentine curved parapet over and a flight of 6
stone steps and recessed bootscrapers either side,
wrought-iron handrails and door of 4 raised and fielded
panels. The N extension to the High Street elevation has
similar windows but expressed in a 3 storey pattern. On the
first and second floors are two 12 paned double-hung sashes
and ground floor has 2 small segmental arched headed 9 pane
double-hung sashes. To the N is a short stuccoed wall on
frontage with segmental arched door to garden.
Rear elevation is of elaborate Italianate Villa form with
recessed centre and open loggia arcade linking the side
pavilions. This elevation is all 3 storeys with stucco moulded
bands between storeys. The recessed centre has 3 double-hung
sash windows on first and second floors with plain stucco
surrounds. The loggia has 4 segmental arches on square plan
piers with naturalistic capitals. These are panels of
naturalistic foliage over springing of each arch. The S
projecting wing has 3 plain double-hung sash windows on second
floor, over 3 linked similar windows with single vertical
glazing bars, semicircular arched heads, square intermediate
piers and balustrades below. The ground floor has arcade-like
arrangement of double-hung sash windows with semicircular
arches on intermediate columns. The N projecting wing has tall
arcaded canted bay at first floor with balustrading below and
arcaded windows on ground floor of 3 double-hung sashes with
intermediate piers. Tall boundary/retaining wall to N partly
of flint and partly of red brick with buttress pilasters on N
INTERIOR somewhat altered but with main staircase at S end.
Former house of the Gibson Family.

Listing NGR: TL5376238205

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

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