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Northwood House (Offices of Medina Borough Council)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cowes, Isle of Wight

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Latitude: 50.7634 / 50°45'48"N

Longitude: -1.3031 / 1°18'11"W

OS Eastings: 449244

OS Northings: 96207

OS Grid: SZ492962

Mapcode National: GBR 89R.1C9

Mapcode Global: FRA 8752.64V

Plus Code: 9C2WQM7W+9P

Entry Name: Northwood House (Offices of Medina Borough Council)

Listing Date: 17 August 1951

Last Amended: 10 October 1979

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1223779

English Heritage Legacy ID: 419639

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31

County: Isle of Wight

Civil Parish: Cowes

Built-Up Area: Cowes

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Isle of Wight

Church of England Parish: Cowes St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Listing Text

SZ 4996 SW 2/131

West Cowes
Northwood House
Offices of Medina
Borough Council


Built early in the C19 for G H Ward at that time called Bellevue and extensively
enlarged 1837 onwards by George J J Mair. Cemented house in Classical style
of earlier appearance than the date would suggest. Cruciform plan with north
and south wings not quite opposite each other. The main wing is the east wing.
Cemented, the ground floor rusticated. Two storeys, 9 windows. The 3 centre
window bays project with a pediment over in the parapet. Motto "AEDEM HONORANDO
MATRIS NOMINE SIGNARI MERITO FILIUS VOLUIT". Stringcourse, cornice and balustraded
parapet. Windows in moulded architrave surrounds with cills, glazing bars
intact on the 1st floor and keystones over on the ground floor. Portico in
the centre consisting of 4 round Ionic columns and square Doric columns at
the corners with balustraded parapet over. The east end of this wing has a
curved 3-light bay in the centre of it. The south wing has 4 windows, the
southernmost window bay recessed. At its south end is a single-storey pavilion,
of which the south front has 4 rusticated pilasters and the east front 2 freestanding
Ionic columns with a recess between. Parapet over. The north wing is a single-
storey pavilion with a dome and porticos on the east, north and west sides,
those on the east and west sides having 4 round Ionic columns and square Doric
piers at the angles with entablature and parapet over, that on the north having
a pair of coupled Ionic columns with a pediment in the parapet. The north
and west sides have round-headed doorways with pilasters and projecting cornices
on console brackets. That on the west was the main entrance of the house.
Inside this pavilion is a circular hall with columns having leaf capitals supporting
the entablature of the dome. The west wing consisted of the service quarters
and stables. On its north side is a blank wall facing the drive of the house.
This has a high rusticated carriage arch in the centre, with Doric columns
and parapet over, which led to the stables from the drive but is now blocked.
On each side of it are 3 round-headed blind arches of lower elevation with
cornice and double parapet over, the lower portion solid, the upper portion
pierced, with a large scroll flanking the centre arch. The interior contains
decorations in the Egyptian or Etruscan mode including a ballroom with ceiling
with 24 painted roundels of Ancient and Mediaeval playwrights, philosophers,
poets and orators, a Drawing Room decorated with painted swags and birds, a
circular dome with Etruscan style painted ceiling, a staircase with 2 iron
balusters to each step and "Egypt Corner" a lobby having 4 columns with Lotus
capitals supporting an entablature with painted snake emblems, eagles and pseudo-
Egyptian hieroglyphs and 3 door surrounds with similar decorations. The Rotunda
entrance was undergoing repair at the time of survey. Grade II* for interior
architectural interest.

Listing NGR: SZ4924496207

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

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