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Latitude: 51.8957 / 51°53'44"N
Longitude: -2.0835 / 2°5'0"W
OS Eastings: 394347
OS Northings: 221908
OS Grid: SO943219
Mapcode National: GBR 2MB.21Q
Mapcode Global: VH947.TMW3
Entry Name: County House
Listing Date: 12 March 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1386736
English Heritage Legacy ID: 474132
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Electoral Ward/Division: Lansdown
Built-Up Area: Cheltenham
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Cheltenham, St Mary with St Matthew
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO9421NW BAYSHILL ROAD
630-1/17/191 (East side)
12/03/55 County House
Villa now offices. c1839-42 with restorations c1980s. Ashlar
with hipped slate roof.
PLAN: double depth, square on plan with central hallway.
EXTERIOR: 2-and-a-half storeys with attics and basement, 3
first-floor windows. Basement has moulded string-course
surmounted by quoins to angles; first-floor moulded sill band;
moulded second-floor band; wide eaves on scroll brackets which
interrupt cornice. Central Doric porch with 2 pairs of columns
and pilasters, triglyphs and metopes to frieze. Flight of
steps to replacement doors with overlight in tooled
architrave. Ground floor has tripartite windows: 6/6 between
2/2 sashes with sills and cornices on consoles; first floor
has 6/6 sashes throughout; all in tooled architraves. Second
floor has small casement windows. Attic dormers have 3
pedimented dormers with 3/3 sashes. Left return has 6/6 sashes
to ground floor and basement in tooled architraves, those to
ground floor have sills and cornices on consoles.
INTERIOR: includes: central hallway, open-well staircase with
ornate iron balustrade and wreathed handrail. Embellished
cornices to ground floor.
HISTORICAL NOTE: The Bayshill Estate was developed by a joint
stock company who purchased the land from the Skillicorne
family in 1837. By 1843 Henry Davies, in his Guide to
Cheltenham, described, `a number of detached villas .. several
of which are occupied by resident families of affluence and
station, and others are in an unfinished state'. Little
considers this part of, `a superb group (of villas) that make
Bayshill Road one of the great roads for architecture in all
England'. A Classical villa which with its low hipped roof and
bracketed eaves exhibits some of the Italianate style
characteristic of many mid C19 villas.
(Little B: Cheltenham: London: 1952-: 76; Hart G: A History of
Cheltenham: Stroud: 1965-1990: 172-3).
Listing NGR: SO9435021911
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