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Tower House and Avenham Tower, with Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Preston, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7535 / 53°45'12"N

Longitude: -2.6967 / 2°41'47"W

OS Eastings: 354160

OS Northings: 428794

OS Grid: SD541287

Mapcode National: GBR TBC.HG

Mapcode Global: WH85M.KX2D

Plus Code: 9C5VQ833+98

Entry Name: Tower House and Avenham Tower, with Attached Railings

Listing Date: 27 September 1979

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279811

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391924

Location: Preston, Lancashire, PR1

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Town Centre

Built-Up Area: Preston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Preston St John and St George the Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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941-1/14/47 (East side)
27/09/79 Tower House and Avenham Tower, with
attached railings


Includes: No.15 Avenham Lodge, with attached railings BANK
Block of 3 houses now all flats. 1850s, altered. Stucco on
brick with sandstone dressings, all painted (but brick exposed
on north side and rear); slate roof. U-plan. Eclectic style.
Three storeys with cellars, attics, and 5-storey tower; 5
unequal bays to Bushell Place, 4 to Bank Parade; corner
pilasters, double frieze, moulded cornice. On the west side
the 4th bay breaks forward and forms a 5-storey tower with 2
square stages above the cornice; this has a porch (to Avenham
Tower) with coupled Tuscan pillars protecting a doorway which
has an overlight with margin panes, 1st floor French windows
with margin panes, and recessed 3-light mullioned windows on
each floor above (the recesses and the lights arched at 2nd
and 5th floors, square-headed at 4th floor), and a prominent
bracketed cornice and pyramidal roof. The porch to Tower House
at the left end, a rectangular bay window to the right of this
and a tripartite window in the re-entrant of the 3rd bay, all
have balustraded parapets; to the right of the tower the 5th
bay has a tripartite sashed window with pilastered surround.
The 1st floor has pairs of cross-windows, those in the 5th bay
under a cornice on consoles; the 2nd floor has windows with
narrow round-headed lights like those in the tower, all with
bands of margin panes including roundels, and wreaths between
the lights. Hipped roof with various small dormers. The south
front to Bank Parade (Avenham Lodge), 4 bays, the 2nd to 4th
set back, has a rectangular bay window to the 1st bay with a
balustraded parapet, and a colonnade of pillars across the
raised ground floor of the other bays forming a porch to the
doorway in the 3rd bay and incorporating a bay window in the
4th bay, the whole with a balustraded parapet; and windows on
the upper floors like those at the front, all at 1st floor
with cornices on consoles. Attached to the west front is a low
garden wall in short sections stepping down the slope, with 9
stout square piers linked by ornamental cast-iron railings
which have bands of roundels at the top.
INTERIORS: open-string staircases with turned balusters and
stout turned newels, that in Tower house spiralled above 1st
floor; entrance hall in Avenham Tower with tiled floor and
deeply-undercut moulded plaster cornice; otherwise, not
The houses were built with the appearance of a single mansion,
designed as an eye-catcher to Avenham Park.

Listing NGR: SD5416228785

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