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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1244602



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Camden

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 24-Oct-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1999

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UID: 476652

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TQ3081NE BEDFORD ROW 798-1/101/1810 (East side) 24/10/51 Nos.8-13 (Consecutive) and attached railings. No.11 incorporating the former No.10 (Formerly Listed as: BEDFORD ROW Nos.1-9 AND 11-17 (Consecutive))


6 terraced houses. 1717-18. By Robert Burford, carpenter, on land leased to him and George Devall, plumber, by Margaret Skipwith in 1716. Most with internal alterations of high quality c1820. No.10 (gutted in 1941) rebuilt in replica after Second World War as part of No.11. Brown or yellow stock brick with some refacing of upper storeys and parapets. Tiled mansard roofs at right-angles to street front, those to Nos 10 and 11 slated. EXTERIOR/PLAN: each house is 2 rooms deep, originally with cross passage between them but in early C19 incorporated into front rooms as buffet alcove; this spaced filled at upper levels with stair, all with closet wings. Principal stair to rear of entrance extends to first floor only, with rooms over this space at upper levels. Rear extensions over gardens and mews not of interest except where noted. Brick bands at first floor level. No.12 tuck pointed. 4 storeys and basements. 3 windows each, No.11 four windows wide. Gauged red brick arches and dressings to flush frame sash windows. Nos 8-9: wood architraved doorcases with good carved brackets, panelled soffits to flat hoods, patterned fanlights and panelled doors. No.11: C20 wood doorcase with fluted Doric engaged columns carrying entablature and modillion cornice, patterned fanlight and panelled door. Nos 12 and 13 have wood architraved doorcases with good carved brackets, panelled soffits to flat hoods, with patterned fanlights and panelled doors complete with original hinges and bars. Some houses with original lead rainwater heads inscribed 1718. INTERIORS: No.8 with fully panelled ground floor rooms and box cornices. Entrance hall also fully panelled with Corinthian pilasters forming inner arch. Fine open-string staircase with twisted balusters and decorated tread ends, counterpoised by continuous dado on other side. Upper floors not inspected but noted to be of high quality.

No.9 has fully panelled entrance hall with dado rail and box cornices, marble tiled floor. Fluted pilasters with Corinthian pilasters to inner arch. Ground-floor rooms with raised and fielded panelling, with smaller panels over fireplaces, and shutters. Front room with flat arch leading to curved buffet arch. Early C19 cornice. Ground-floor rear room and closet with full panelling, box cornices and corner fireplaces. Room beyond closet a later C18 addition fully panelled with simple cornice and early C20 fireplace. Grand staircase to first floor with open-string staircase with decorated ends, twisted balusters set three per square; a corresponding panelled dado with small Corinthian pilasters at head, foot and turn of flights; box cornices; shutters to giant staircase window. First floor rooms with early C19 ceilings and fireplaces, the rear room with corner fireplace and closet having early C18 panelling. Between the main rooms closed-string staircase with chunky turned balusters rises to third floor, all save return flight to second floor renewed in 1994. Second floor with simpler ovolo-moulded panelling and dado, rear room with Adamesque fireplace with marble lining and box cornice; closet with corner fireplace and cast-iron grate. Front room partitioned but retains full-height ovolo panelling and dado and fireplace with marble surround. Over principal stair another rear room with ovolo panelling, box cornice and fireplace. Third floor with some panelling and early C20 fireplaces. Attic reached by stick baluster stair. No.10 incorporated as part of No.11 in 1944. It has a fireplace moved from the ground floor of No.11 and now forms part of that address. No.11 is the most impressive house in the row, built on a larger plot for Dame Rebecca Moyer, resident 1720-23. Her initials and the date 1720 on water tanks brought from basement and now in conference room added 1950s in sympathetic style to rear. Pair of closet wings at rear. Magnificent entrance hall and staircase. The staircase with twisted balusters and landing, filling front entrance hall. Hall with corner fireplace, fully panelled and with fine and complete sequence of wall paintings by John Vanderbank in commemoration of George I, mounted and surrounded by allegorical figures in painted architectural surround, early 1720s. Secondary stair to rear of this at ground floor continues as principal stair from first to third floor, with turned balusters on closed string, corresponding dadoes and panelling. Ground-floor front room with C18 panelling and early C19 cornices, shutters and fireplace. Rear room with early C19 cornices and fireplace brought from third floor. Ground-floor panelled closet wing to rear of stair with corner fireplace. First floor rooms continue this lavish combination of fine raised and fielded panelling with richly moulded early

C19 cornices and marble fireplaces. Second floor retains box cornices, ovolo panelling, and fireplaces. Third floor with plain panelling, most complete in rear rooms. Basement wine cellars. Nos 12 and 13 in common ownership with linking doors. No.12 has fully panelled entrance and staircase hall with fluted Corinthian pilasters to inner arch. From ground to first floor a handsome open-string stair with decorative ends and twisted balusters, three per tread, with corresponding dado which has Corinthian pilaster strips at head, foot and turn of flights extending to full height. Ground-floor front room divided by timber Corinthian columns of early C19 to form buffet. Marble fireplace, cornice, shutters with C18 hinges as in staircase hall. Rear room with marble fireplace under dentilled mantlepiece, ovolo-panelled closet. First floor altered early C19 with cornices to both rooms and ceiling rose to front room. Central closed-string stair with turned balusters rises from first floor to attic in central compartment at right-angles to street. Second floor with ovolo panelling to all rooms, and fireplaces in those to rear. Third floor retains panelling and cupboards to rear room; panelling to front room very simple. No.13 has fully panelled entrance hall, and staircase of identical pattern to those in Nos 8, 9 and 12 but woodgrained and never painted. However, staircase hall has plaster moulded swags and drops between panels, with richly moulded fruit and leaves - rare in a London townhouse of this date. Ground-floor front room divided by marbled timber columns supporting arch to rear buffet, box cornices and full panelling with dado rail. C19 fireplace. Rear room also fully panelled with closet, the latter carefully restored on all floors in 1992. First floor front room with handsome early C19 marble fireplace and cornice. Rear room with C18 panelling and C18 marble fireplace in later Victorian surround. Door to closet treated as continuation of panelling to dado height with upper section treated as window with early C19 glazing bars. Panelled closet with 1820s grate. Closed string staircase rises from first to third floors through centre of house at right-angles to street, panelled and with corresponding dado panelling flanking stair. Second-floor rooms with ovolo panelling, box cornices and cupboard with H-hinges; C19 fireplace to front, C18 fireplace in closet. Third floor retains some simple panelling and matchboarding, with C18 rear corner fireplace at rear. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached cast-iron railings to areas, some with urn or torch flambe finials. HISTORICAL NOTE: a fascinating and well-preserved group of houses of unusual richness which together form a group of

exceptional quality. The painted staircase hall in No.11 is an individual piece of architectural bravura, making for one of the finest early C18 interiors in London. (British Printing Industries Federation: 11 Bedford Row: -1992).

Listing NGR: TQ3084081763

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National Grid Reference: TQ 30830 81780


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