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Addisons Folly

A Grade II Listed Building in Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.864 / 51°51'50"N

Longitude: -2.2463 / 2°14'46"W

OS Eastings: 383138

OS Northings: 218407

OS Grid: SO831184

Mapcode National: GBR 1L5.2WY

Mapcode Global: VH94C.0DVX

Plus Code: 9C3VVQ73+HF

Entry Name: Addisons Folly

Listing Date: 12 March 1973

Last Amended: 15 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245825

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472218

Location: Westgate, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hempsted with Gloucester, Saint Mary de Lode and Saint Mary de Crypt

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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844-1/12/130 (North side)
12/03/73 Addison's Folly
(Formerly Listed as:
Addison House)


The surviving portion of a former house on the south side of
the former Bell Lane, now offices. 1864, later alterations.
For TF Addison, a lawyer. Ashlar, dressed stone in courses,
and rubble rendered in part; some of the masonry probably
medieval and from demolished parts of the Franciscan Friary
(Greyfriars) (qv), slate roof. An east-west, gabled range,
formerly a wing at the rear of house, with the tower attached
on the south side at the west end built as a feature within
the former back garden of the house.
EXTERIOR: tower of three tall storeys, range of three storeys;
the tower at first-floor level on the west and south sides has
a raised band, and on all sides a crowning cornice and
crenellated parapet with weathered coping; on the west side
the entrance doorway in doorcase with pilasters and
entablature, on the south side to right on the ground floor a
snall square sash, above on the second floor a tall sash, both
in openings with flat arched heads with key stones, on the
third floor in each face a tall, semicircular arched sash; all
in similar openings with plain architraves, raised keystones
in the arches and projecting sills on moulded end-brackets.
The adjioning range at its east end has a stone-coped, open
pedimental gable with moulded verges; on the ground floor a
doorway with C20 French doors, on the first floor a tripartite
sash, and on the third floor extending into the gable a
similar but taller tripartite sash; on the south side on the
ground floor two sashes and on the first floor to right a
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORY: plaque attached to west wall is inscribed: "ADDISON'S
FOLLY was built in 1864 by Thomas Fenn Addison in memory of
Robert Raikes who, together with Thomas Stock (both pioneers
of the Sunday School Movement), in 1780 started a Sunday
School to teach poor children to read".

Listing NGR: SO8313818407

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