Methold Houses

12 May 2000
Methold Houses, 1-11, Urpeth, Chester Le Street, Durham
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

URPETH BEAMISH NZ 25 SW 3/57 Methold Houses (Nos. 1 to 11, consecutive) GV II

Almshouses, now 11 dwellings. Dated 1863, built for John Eden (plaque on central bay); later C19 rear outshut. Tooled ashlar sandstone, graduated green slate roof and ashlar chimney stacks. Stretched E-plan. Tudor-Gothic style.

2 storeys; symmetrical 7-bay front and one-bay return wings. Slightly-projecting centre bay and wings have shaped gables. 3 slightly-projecting window bays with half dormers flanking centre; identical bay on inner return of each wing.

Mullioned windows in double-chamfered surrounds. Centre bay: Tudor-arched doorway and flanking sashes under continuous hoodmould; plaque above door inscribed: 1863 BUILT AND ENDOWED BY JOHN EDEN; 2-light window above plaque under pointed hoodmould. Flanking 3-bay sections and inner returns of wings; replaced doors and 2-light windows, with 2-pane sashes, under continuous hoodmoulds; hoodmoulds stepped over windows and forming pointed arches enclosing trefoils over doors; gabled half dormers with 2-light windows. External chimney with offsets and paired octagonal-plan stacks on gable end of each wing.

Steeply-pitched roof: 4 cross-axial ridge chimneys, each with 4 conjoined octagonal-plan stacks. Narrow added single-storey outshut on rear has seven 4-panel doors and 2-light windows with replaced casements; tall stack rising through centre of pent roof.

A well-detailed and unaltered example.

Listing NGR: NZ2217053805


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0486 IOE Records taken by Bob Cottrell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Bob Cottrell. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Cottrell, Bob

Rights Holder: Cottrell, Bob


Sandstone, Slate, Ashlar, Georgian Almshouse, Victorian Religious Ritual And Funerary, Health And Welfare, Domestic, Residential Building, Commemorative Monument, Commemorative