Survey Data

Reg No

50010569


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Technical


Original Use

House


In Use As

Restaurant


Date

1690 - 1740


Coordinates

315339, 234561


Date Recorded

28/10/2011


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced three-bay four-storey townhouse, built c.1715, with recent shopfront to ground floor. Now in mixed use, with extension to rear. Hipped slate roof with ridge running perpendicular to street, and yellow brick chimneystack with clay pots to north party wall. Roof concealed behind rebuilt parapet wall with granite coping. Red brick walls laid in Flemish bond with remnants of original lime tuck pointing, rebuilt in brown brick to top floor. Cement rendered walls to rear elevation. Replacement gauged yellow brick flat-arched window openings with timber reveals, granite sills and replacement single-pane timber sliding sash windows.

Appraisal

This early eighteenth-century house is disguised by a nineteenth-century brick façade. The building is documented as having an intact early eighteenth-century interior complete with barley-sugar balustraded staircase and some original joinery. The rare surviving interior along with the handsome front elevation make this former townhouse of considerable importance to the streetscape. Capel Street was laid out in 1680 by Humphrey Jervis as a prestigious residential street and named after Arthur Capel the Earl of Essex. By 1800 the street had become one of the city's principal commercial thoroughfares with the current plot ratios reflecting the layout of that period.