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18-30, Windmill Green

A Grade II Listed Building in Ditchingham, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.4696 / 52°28'10"N

Longitude: 1.4446 / 1°26'40"E

OS Eastings: 634060

OS Northings: 291315

OS Grid: TM340913

Mapcode National: GBR XM7.032

Mapcode Global: VHM6H.0625

Plus Code: 9F43FC9V+RV

Entry Name: 18-30, Windmill Green

Listing Date: 19 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245416

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471705

Location: Ditchingham, South Norfolk, Norfolk, NR35

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Ditchingham

Built-Up Area: Ditchingham

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Ditchingham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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1898/6/10010 Nos. 18-30 (Consec)


Terrace of houses, forming a composition around a green with Nos 1-9, 10-17, and with Nos 12-20 Thwaite Road (qv). Built by the former Loddon Rural District Council, 1947-49, architects Tayler and Green. Two storeys, colourwashed 'wire cut' bricks in varied colours over a black tarred plinth, orange pantile roof, red 'wirecut' chimney stacks with pitched concrete copings and red clay pots. Wide frontage plans, 30-33 feet (9-10 metres) 'with three bedrooms, single or dual aspect according to orientation, with recessed porches and stores creating a through route from front to back without passing through the living rooms, a plan evolved by the architects to overcome the difficulties associated with the traditional 'tunnel' backs of terraces. The Windmill Green housing was the first to break away from the almost universal use of semi-detached types of the pre-war period. Standard steel casement windows, some now replaced with UPVC but with the Saul-division modules of the originals retained. Each house frontage defined by projecting cover panels over the cavity party walls. Nos 18-30 have three-light casements, with wide central panes, on first floor, and on ground floor a full length casement, with central transom at left, a porch with glazed doors and side lights with deep central transoms, with a flat canopy supported on slender steel columns, and a low patterned steel infill panel, with trelliswork at right, running over the ground floor cloakroom window, and a boarded store door, with glazed panel at right. These simple designs, with their elegant proportions and concern for detail marked this scheme out as an exemplar from its inception. The informal layout of the housing blocks around a broad tapering green south of Thwaite Road was seen as a recreation of the best of vernacular design, allied to the social purpose of post-war rural housing. The shared pedestrian/vehicular access to the garage court in the south-west corner of the scheme was an original feature, and required a departure from Ministry housing standards. The scheme was illustrated in the Ministry of Health Housing Manual, 1949, and in 1950 won one of the MOH Housing Medals. While the planning of the individual houses is of special interest, there are no internal features of special merit. Source: (Architect and Building News, 4 July 1947: 9-15; AR CXXIV (741) October 1958: 229-230; Buildings of England: North West and South Norfolk: 135-136: AA Journal, Apri11960: Tayler 176-178; RIBA Journal, October 1947: 607-609).

Listing NGR: TM3406091315

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