Carrick House, Caledonian Estate And Attached Railings

26 Jul 2000
Carrick House, Caledonian Estate And Attached Railings, 408-416 Caledonian Road, Islington, Greater London, N7 8TT
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TQ3084NE CALEDONIAN ROAD 635-1/44/123 (East side) Nos.408-416 (Consecutive) Carrick House, Caledonian Estate and attached railings


Block of flats forming part of the Caledonian Estate, designed and built c.1904-6 by the Housing of the Working Classes Branch of the London County Council Architect's Department, the architect responsible being, probably, J.G.Stephenson. The Caledonian Estate consists of five blocks: Carrick House to the west, overlooking Caledonian Road, and then four blocks at the back of the site, forming a square, Irvine House to the west and Wallace House to the east being longer than Burns House to the north and Scott House to the south; apart from the entrance arch in Irvine House, the opposite blocks in the square match each other; and they are linked by brick arcades of three round arches. Carrick House is of red brick in Flemish bond with dressings of glazed brick and granite, and roof of tiles. Four storeys below the eaves, with a fifth storey party in gables and partly as dormers in the attic. The front to Caledonian Road is set out symmetrically, five-storey gabled ranges alternating with ranges of four storeys plus dormers; and there is a common gable treatment whereby the gable proper covers only the central part of each range, the outer part running up into parapeted 'shoulders' flanking the lower part of each gable; this is referred to here as a 'shouldered gable'. All windows are segmental-arched sash windows except where stated; and all have late C20 glazing which echoes the arrangement of the original sashes and casements. The centrepiece has a round-arched carriage entrance, shouldered, multi-ordered and detailed in glazed brick and granite, rising through the ground and first floors with a corbelled and arcaded quasi-balcony above; the two central windows in this four-window range are set back slightly on the second, third and fourth floors, while the outer windows to the third floor and all those to the fourth floor are flat-arched, those to the third floor set under a round arch of gauged brick with plastered tympanum, and the outer windows to the fourth floor being casements; semi-circular gable over the central, set-back windows, with a shoulder in the form of an embattled parapet. On either side of the centrepiece, a range of five windows slightly set back, with flat-arched windows to the third floor under round arches set back between piers, deep eaves and flat-arched dormers. Then a range of four windows, the inner windows to the fourth floor being flat-arched casements under a round arch, the tympanum decorated with herring-bone brickwork, and separated by buttress-like strips; shouldered gable, the parapets embattled. Then a range of four windows slightly set back and detailed as for the preceding range of five with deep eaves and flat-arched dormers; then outer ranges of two windows, the windows set back under a hipped roof between embattled parapets, those to the third floor flat-arched under a round arch, and flat-arched casements to the fourth floor. Ridge stacks. The rear elevation is set out symmetrically, with a central range under an embattled parapet; then a narrow range to either side with a canted staircase bay; then a range of four windows under a shouldered gable; then another staircase range; and then wings with three windows under a hipped roof between embattled parapets. Cast-iron railings to Caledonian Road, extending for c.20 metres either side of the main entrance to much-decayed stuccoed end piers: cast-iron plinth, railings with spearhead finials, bracketed standards with pineapple finials, and grouped standards at the entrance end, originally forming gate piers; these ranges of railings are connected to the building at either end by lower ranges of spear-head railings. (Historians' file, English Heritage London Division).

Listing NGR: TQ3062184701


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2045 IOE Records taken by G N G Tingey; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr G.N.G. Tingey. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Tingey, G.N.G.

Rights Holder: Tingey, G.N.G.


Brick, Cast Iron, Granite, Stucco, Tile, Victorian Flats, Domestic, Multiple Dwelling, Dwelling, Gate Pier, Unassigned, Railings, Monument (By Form), Barrier