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Sarah Siddons House the Old House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lydbrook, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8422 / 51°50'31"N

Longitude: -2.5847 / 2°35'5"W

OS Eastings: 359811

OS Northings: 216117

OS Grid: SO598161

Mapcode National: GBR FR.V3GY

Mapcode Global: VH86Q.4YXN

Entry Name: Sarah Siddons House the Old House

Listing Date: 12 December 1953

Last Amended: 24 September 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1299249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 353741

Location: Lydbrook, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL17

County: Gloucestershire

District: Forest of Dean

Civil Parish: Lydbrook

Built-Up Area: Lydbrook

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Lydbrook Holy Jesus

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text


1/52 The Old House, also called Sarah
Siddons House
(formerly listed as Sarah Siddons
12.12.53 House under Lydbrook)


House. C16, with early C18 extension (dated 1718). Timber
framed, with later brick nogging on road front, on stone plinth
with sill beams. Slate roof, 2 end stone stacks. Single range
with 2-storey porch at rear and extension to right continued as
lean-to at back up to porch. 2 storeys and cellar. Road front -
2 windows, C19 triple sashes. Door to cellar. Rear central
porch with timber Tudor arch opening with ogee head and original
double boarded timber front door. Porch added, but only slightly
later than house. Some remaining 6- and 9-light wooden mullion
windows on this side, 2 now replaced.
Interior: original spiral oak staircase with access to roof.
Roof has 2 low collar beams and struts to the beams, with 2 purlins
on one side and one purlin plus wind braced rafters on road side.
Substantial remains of wattle and daub panelling in roof and on
rear wall. Main downstairs room - almost complete C17 panelled
interior with large fireplace with carved mantel, and panelled
plastered ceiling with figure and fruit and foliage. Beam also
plastered in same vigorous style. Detail obscured by layers of
lime wash. Many original oak doors and latches. Bressumer
fireplace also in other ground floor room in main range. Reputed
to have been home of Sarah Siddons.

Listing NGR: SO5981116117

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

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