This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
ST3308 FORE STREET 756-1/4/72 (North side) 24/03/50 Essex House
House. Mid C18, altered early and late C19. Pebbledash, with Ham Hill stone parapet, rusticated quoins and cornice, and hipped slate roof. Double-depth plan with central entrance and stair hall. 2 storeys, symmetrical 5-window range. Doorcase has Tuscan-style columns fronting rusticated pilasters to entablature. Venetian window with Tuscan-style columns and heavy cornice, possibly late C19. Extension to left has 2-window range to front with similar ground-floor sash windows to main facade, ie. 2/2-pane sashes; first floor of extension has 8/8-pane sashes. Rear: keyed lintels over late C19 four-pane sashes and tall sash with margin glazing bars to stair hall; early C19 two-storey bay with margin glazing bars.
INTERIOR: C18 cornicing and mid C19 cast-iron ceiling rose to hall, with paired pilasters to rear stair hall which has C18 cornicing and mid C19 coloured glass to stairlight. First-floor features include some C18 moulded wood architraves and 2-panelled door to front room on left. This room has retained an early C18 wall painting on its rear wall, flanked by a doorway to right and niche to the left; painting is divided into 3 panels by fluted Ionic pilasters and depicts biblical scene in provincial Baroque style with Putti, etc. to outer panels and Madonna and Child to centre; quotation in panel to right above door is from Genesis, Chapter 21, verse 17, reads "And the / angel of God / called to / Hagar out / of Heaven". A particularly rare and important survival.
Listing NGR: ST3238908636
Copyright IoE Mr Richard Bland. Source Historic England Archive
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Photographer: Bland, Richard
Rights Holder: Bland, Richard
Lias, Pebbledash, Slate, Georgian House, Monument <By Form>, Domestic, Dwelling