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Killowen House, the Limes and De La Bere House and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8977 / 51°53'51"N

Longitude: -2.0824 / 2°4'56"W

OS Eastings: 394427

OS Northings: 222128

OS Grid: SO944221

Mapcode National: GBR 2M4.VR4

Mapcode Global: VH947.VKHL

Plus Code: 9C3VVWX9+32

Entry Name: Killowen House, the Limes and De La Bere House and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 12 March 1955

Last Amended: 26 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386739

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474135

Location: Lansdown, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Lansdown

Built-Up Area: Cheltenham

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Cheltenham Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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630-1/12/193 (West side)
12/03/55 Killowen House, The Limes and De La
Bere House and attached railings
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
The Limes and De La Bere House)
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)


Semi-detached villa, now 3 offices and attached railings.
c1839-50, probably by Samuel Onley with probable c1880-90
addition to left. Brick with stucco facades and slate roof,
iron railings. Asymmetrical design.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with basement, 6 bays: 9 first-floor
windows arranged 2:1:1:3:1:1. An open-pedimented gable to
first 2 bays; 4th bay recessed and has Doric pilasters
clasping angles and 2 giant fluted Ionic columns in antis;
right end bay set back; Doric pilasters between bays and at
angles. First-floor band with recessed panels. Aprons to
first-floor windows to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th bays. Windows:
mainly 2/2 sashes with lugs, 6/6 sashes to right; all in plain
reveals; windows to 1st. bay have cambered surrounds; 3rd. bay
has tripartite window to each floor; 5th bay has tripartite
windows (1 per floor) 6/6 between 2/2 sashes, that to ground
floor has blind box; some with sills on feet. Basement has
mainly 10/10 sashes. Entrances: to 2nd bay, double
fielded-panel doors with side-lights and continuous overlight
in cambered recess; 4th bay has entrance a 4-panel door
between pilasters and side-lights, frieze, overlight with
fretwork glazing bars. Continuous cornice. Attic at left has
two 2/2 sashes with cambered heads with central round-arched
2/2 sash, keystone. Otherwise continuous balustrade with
bulbous balusters. 2 hipped roofs. Right return: 2 storeys on
basement with attics, 3 bays with 4th blind bay set back at
right. Doric pilasters between bays and at angles, central bay
recessed. Flight of roll-edged steps to double fielded-panel
doors between pilasters with side-lights with margin glazing,
frieze, overlight with fretwork. Above a 6/6 sash; outer bays
have tripartite windows, 6/6 between 2/2 sashes, those to
first floor have aprons; sill band. Frieze, cornice,

balustrade. Concealed attic dormers.
INTERIOR: includes staircase to house at left (Killowen House)
with stick balusters and lion-paw 'newel', otherwise not fully
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: stick balusters to sides of steps to
entrance to 4th bay and across basement to main facade and to
entrance on return.
A bold neo-Classical design, similar to Bayshill House and
Lingwood House (qv).
HISTORICAL NOTE: the Bayshill estate was developed by a joint
stock company which purchased 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.' By c1845 the company was
bankrupt and architect, Samuel Onley bought much Bayshill
property so Verey suggests that other houses in Bayshill Road
were built to his designs.'
Little considers this to be one of a `superb group (of villas)
that make Bayshill Road one of the great roads for
architecture in all England'.
(The Buildings of England: Verey D: Gloucestershire: The Vale
and The Forest of Dean: London: 1992-: 147; Chatwin A:
Cheltenham's Ornamental Ironwork: Cheltenham: 1975-1984: 51;
Little B: Cheltenham: London: 1952-: 76; Hart G: A History of
Cheltenham: Stroud: 1965-1990: 172-3).

Listing NGR: SO9443322138

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