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Cheltenham (District Authority)
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SO 94530 22005



SO9422SE MONTPELLIER AVENUE 630-1/13/519 Queen's Circus Nos.1-6 (consecutive) 05/05/72


Terrace of 5 (now 6) shops with flats over. Numbered right to left, described left to right. c1820-40 with later alterations including mid-late C19 shop front to Nos 2, 4 and 5. C20 ground-floor alterations to shop fronts. Stucco over brick with concealed roof and brick party-wall stacks. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, 11 + 1 first-floor windows (3 at left then 2 per house) including window to curved angle of No.1. Stucco detailing includes first-floor band where original; crowning frieze and cornice, ramped upwards from No.2. First floor has 6/6 sashes throughout, second floor has 6/6 sashes to No.1, otherwise 3/3 sashes, those to angle curved on section; all in plain reveals and tooled architraves, those to first-floor, No.1 with feet. Shop fronts: all retain frieze and cornice; No.5 retains Victorian ground-floor shop front: with off-centre left entrance a part-glazed door with pediment breaking into overlight, slender columnar mullions and basket-arched surrounds to windows, dentil frieze and overlights with stained glass, dentil cornice, fascia and further end carved pilasters. No.4: part-glazed door to left and plate-glass windows with panelled aprons. No.2: part-glazed double-doors with overlight and mullion and transom windows with console brackets. Otherwise plate-glass shop fronts and glazed doors of no special interest, entrance to No.1 to angle at right. Return has 3 storeys, 20 first-floor windows. First floor has 3 blind openings then 6/6 tall sashes throughout. Second floor has 2 blind openings, 6/6 sash, blind openings then two 6/6 sashes, otherwise 3/3 sashes throughout; all in plain reveals, the first 8 windows to first and second floors in tooled architraves, those to second floors with sills and feet. Ground floor: 2 blind openings with tooled architraves; pair of entrances, one part-blocked, the other 4-panel double doors with divided overlight, within doorcases with 3/4 engaged Ionic columns surmounted by shared architrave, with continuous frieze and cornice to first 8 openings acting as sill band to first floor. Otherwise 8/8 and 6/6 sashes where original and double 4-panel doors with overlights. 2 shop fronts to right. INTERIOR: not inspected. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: No.5 has continuous first-floor window guards.

HISTORICAL NOTE: in his Guide to Cheltenham, written in 1845 but published in 1850, George Rowe wrote of, 'The handsome shops in Montpellier Avenue.' Nos 1-5 are noted in Rowe's Guide as shops of: Mr Abraham, Optician; Messrs Tyrell and Foster, Cooks and Confectioners; Jull and Co, Tea and Grocery Establishment; Mr Pearson, Chemist and Druggist; Mr Hacker, Silk Mercer. Illustrations show only Nos 1 and 2 with tooled architraves and crowning cornices. (Rowe G: Illustrated Cheltenham Guide: Cheltenham: 1850-1969: 11,23; Blake S: 'The Building of the Montpellier Shops': Cheltenham Local History Society Journal: 1984-).

Listing NGR: SO9453821977


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Books and journals
Rowe, G, Illustrated Cheltenham Guide 1850-196911, 23
Blake, S, 'Cheltenham Local History Society Journal' in The Building of the Montpellier Shops, (1984)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 23 Mar 2007
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