SD50NE SWINLEY LANE
24-1/2/83 (West side)
08/05/92 Nos.13-23 (Odd)
with attached boundary wall
Includes: No.39 WALKDEN AVENUE EAST.
Block of 7 town houses. 1897. By WEV Crompton, slightly
altered. Mostly red brick in Flemish bond with terracotta
dressings, and some close-studded timber-framing and render;
slate roof with red ridge tiles. A conventional C19
double-depth plan in which all the houses are single-fronted
with back extensions, but successfully disguised by the
design. "Free style" combining C16 vernacular and Queen Anne
EXTERIOR: 2 and a half storeys over cellars, a 14-window range
of vigorously varied design implying early C18 alterations to
a C16 timber-framed range: Nos 19 and 21 designed to appear as
a timber-framed hall-range, and Nos 17 and 23 as added or
remodelled cross-wings to it, with Nos 13 and 15 to the left
combining both implied periods of building, and No.39 Walkden
Avenue East an addition at the right-hand end.
The principal features being as follows: No.13: a pentagonal
2-storey flat-roofed oriel at the corner, with 12-pane sashed
windows on both floors, an extruded chimney stack abutting
this with offsets at 1st floor and tapered above eaves level;
and, in the left return wall, a 2-and a half-storey gabled bay
with close-studding at 1st floor and attic level, the latter
jettied and containing a 3-light small-paned casement. No.15:
a 2-and a half-storey gabled facade with small canted bay
window at ground floor, a 2-light window above and a jettied
gable with studding containing a 3-light casement (all these
windows now with C20 UPVC glazing).
Nos 17 and 23: Queen Anne style, brick, 2 and a half storeys,
with gable copings and kneelers with ball finials, 12-pane
sashed windows with exposed boxes and flat-arched heads with
terracotta keystones (2 at ground floor and 3 at 1st floor,
and a coupled pair at ground floor and 2 pairs at 1st floor,
respectively), and Venetian windows to the attics (small-paned
at No.23 but altered at No.17).
Nos 19 and 21: tripartite sashed windows at ground floor, a
monopitched roof to this, a set-back studded 1st floor with
2-light casements in the centre and splayed 3-light sashed
oriel windows in the angles to left and right respectively
(all these windows small-paned), and wide cyma-shaped eyebrow
dormers in the roof.
No.39 Walkden Avenue East: set back, Queen Anne style, brick
with pebble-dashed render at 1st floor, a set-back 2-storey
porch under carried-down roof, 12-pane sashed windows except
for a rectangular bay window set diagonally through the
right-hand corner at ground floor and, in the right-hand
return wall, a rectangular 2-storey bay window breaking the
eaves, with tripartite small-paned windows on both floors
(sashed at ground floor, fixed at 1st floor but with an
opening pane in each light except the centre which has C20
All have square-headed doorways, all except Nos 19 and 21 with
flat-arched heads and keystones, and all (except No.15 which
is UPVC) with 3-pane overlights, moulded wooden surrounds and
lintels, and fielded-panel doors (but those at Nos 17 and 21
with stained glass in the upper portions). Rear-access lobbies
between Nos 15 and 17, and Nos 19 and 21, with moulded
surrounds and barred gates. Roof with oversailing eaves on
slender iron brackets; tapered and corniced chimneys.
Rear: back-extensions, mostly coupled, under carried-down
roofs with tall multiple-flue chimney stacks rising through.
INTERIORS: not inspected except No.39 Walkden Avenue East,
which retains many original architect-designed features and
fittings (e.g. staircase, fireplaces, door furnishings).
A relatively early work by a local architect who was
subsequently successful in London and the Home Counties.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: boundary wall to front and sides of plot,
of brick with moulded terracotta coping, approximately 1m high
with rectangular piers, the returned sides ramped up to the
Listing NGR: SD5827906643