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Latitude: 50.902 / 50°54'7"N
Longitude: -3.4872 / 3°29'14"W
OS Eastings: 295517
OS Northings: 112446
OS Grid: SS955124
Mapcode National: GBR LJ.RDCH
Mapcode Global: FRA 36LQ.F7Q
Plus Code: 9C2RWG27+R4
Entry Name: Gotham House Including Forecourt Walls and Entrance Gates
Listing Date: 12 February 1952
Last Amended: 10 April 2000
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1384877
English Heritage Legacy ID: 485336
Location: Tiverton, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16
Civil Parish: Tiverton
Built-Up Area: Tiverton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Tiverton St George
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS9512 PHOENIX LANE, Tiverton
848-1/6/248 (South West side)
12/02/52 Gotham House including forecourt
walls and entrance gates
(Formerly Listed as:
FORE STREET, Tiverton
Gotham House including forecourt
walls and gate)
Large town house, now used as offices. Early C18, thoroughly
restored 1966 by Clement Toy, architect with Raymond Erith,
MATERIALS: Flemish bond brickwork with some blue headers; rear
left return has bands of rubbed brick headers; left return is
Flemish bond; rubbed brick flat arches over windows; purple
slatestone footings. Slate roof. Glazed ridge tiles; cast-iron
rain water goods; stacks with brick shafts; brick bands,
corbelled cornice and tapering yellow pots.
PLAN: double-depth plan, under an M profile roof, 2 rooms wide
heated from end stacks with an open-well stair in a central
stair hall and through-passage. Kitchen in half-basement with
service stair at south-west end.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and basement. Symmetrical 5-bay front.
Ground and first floor have giant brick pilasters to left and
right and flanking centre bay. These have moulded caps and
bases and fluted sections below a deep moulded cornice that
projects out round the pilasters. Shorter pilasters above the
cornice rise to the top of the parapet. Moulded brick string
at first-floor level.
Pilastered doorcase with round-headed outer doorway with
fanlight and 2-leaf door. Ground and first-floor windows have
segmental-headed arches and are glazed with 6 over 9-pane
sashes with triple keystones. Second-floor windows are small 4
over 8-pane sashes with a moulded brick cornice over the
central window. Basement area has iron railings.
Rear elevation almost symmetrical, 3-bays with 5 windows. Bays
divided by pilasters. Small blind projection at right end,
perhaps a lavatory shaft. Platband below parapet; platband at
ground-floor level; bands above window sills in outer bays
only. Steps up to rear doorway which has segmental hood on
shaped timber brackets. Pilastered segmental-headed doorcase
with panelled reveals. 2-leaf half-glazed door, panelled below
with glazing bars with margin panes and intersecting glazing
bars in the head. Large, impressive stair window with
round-headed architrave of fluted Doric pilasters, rusticated
arch and apron. Window glazed with 8/12 sash with intersecting
glazing bars. Segmental-headed basement windows glazed with
high-transomed casements with glazing bars. ground-floor
windows have rubbed brick arches and keyblocks. They are sash
windows with boxed frames glazed with 6/9 sashes to left of
front door and 18-pane sashes to right. Similar first-floor
windows 6/9 sashes. Second floor attic windows glazed with 4/8
sashes. The left return has one ground and one first floor
segmental-headed 6/9 sash. Second-floor windows are
square-headed 4/8 sashes.
INTERIOR: good interior detail. Fine early C18 open string
stair with ramped wreathed flat-handrail and alternating
barleysugar and fluted balusters, 3 balusters to each
breacketed tread. Joinery includes 6-panel doors with fielded
panelled reveals; 2-panel doors to service. Panelled stair
dado with fluted pilasters. Massive wall cornice and plaster
roundel to stair hall. One good chimneypiece seen; others
believed to survive. Marble chimneypiece has Corinthian
columns and frieze of sphinxes and cherubs; cast-iron grate.
C19 fittings include butler's pantry and dumb waiter.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: forecourt walls are crowned with C20
cast-iron railings. Square brick gate piers have urn finials.
HISTORY: the cornice on the front elevation was replaced in
1966 and the front boundary wall was coped.
Listing NGR: SS9551712446
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