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Latitude: 51.8923 / 51°53'32"N
Longitude: -2.0795 / 2°4'46"W
OS Eastings: 394627
OS Northings: 221526
OS Grid: SO946215
Mapcode National: GBR 2MB.92Y
Mapcode Global: VH947.XP1R
Entry Name: Numbers 27 to 32 and Attached Railings to Numbers 28, 31 and 32
Listing Date: 5 May 1972
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1387355
English Heritage Legacy ID: 475311
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50
Electoral Ward/Division: College
Built-Up Area: Cheltenham
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Church of England Parish: Leckhampton St Philip and St James
Church of England Diocese: Gloucester
SO9421NE MONTPELLIER VILLAS
630-1/18/574 (West side)
05/05/72 Nos.27-32 (Consecutive)
and attached railings to Nos 28, 31
Terrace of 6 houses with attached forecourt railings to Nos
28, 31 and 32; now house (No.30) and flats. c1824-8. Architect
probably John Forbes. Stucco over brick with hipped slate
roofs, brick and stucco party-wall stacks; with wrought-iron
balconies; balcony divider between Nos 28 and 29; and porches
to Nos 28 and 29.
PLAN: 3 pairs of quasi semi-detached houses with adjoining
entrance bays set back between and to ends, entrance range to
left (No.27 and to Nos 28 and 29 are full-height;
single-storey to Nos 30 and 31; and full-height to right
(No.32); and with service ranges to rear.
EXTERIOR: main ranges each of 3 storeys with basement, 4
first-floor windows, single-bay entrance ranges. Stucco
detailing to main ranges includes horizontal rustication to
ground floor; first floor windows have tooled architraves;
crowning moulded string, frieze and cornice with blocking
course, raised to centres. Main ranges have 6/6 sashes
throughout, all in plain reveals and with sills. Recessed
ranges have (to first floor) 6/6 sashes where original; blind
opening at right has tooled architrave; second floors have 3/6
sashes, blind to right. Basements have 3/6, 6/6, 4/4 and 4/8
sashes. End and paired entrances: steps to 4- and 5-panel
doors (some part-glazed, some with raised and fielded upper
panels) with overlights, some with glazing bars. Right return
has 3 first-floor windows; 6/6 sashes with blind openings at
right, those to ground floor with tooled architraves.
INTERIOR: noted as retaining original joinery with panelled
shutters, otherwise not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: individual balconies to first-floor
windows, main range, and over entrance to Nos 28 and 29 have
embellished rods with scroll and lattice friezes. Balcony
divider has scrolls. Railings have spearhead bars and dog-bars
and urn finials.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the window guards and balconies are of a type
prevalent in Cheltenham c1800-1820. Originally known as
Montpellier Retreat, many of the houses along the street were
designed by Forbes, who lived at No.31 c1826-7 and became
architect and surveyor to the Pittville Estate c1835-6.
(Blake S: 'The Unfortunate Mr Forbes': Cheltenham Local
History Society Journal: 1989-: 7-27).
Listing NGR: SO9462621532
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