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4 Hope Drive

One of a group of four houses forming a terrace (2-8 Hope Drive), built c1888-89 possibly for Frederick Messom with architect Watson Fothergill. Area previously used for garden allotments known as Fishpond Gardens. In single household use. Three storeys including attic space with two storey rear wing, now extended. Plain red brick facades with little or no ornamentation. Facing bricks on front facade and chimney stacks with commons elsewhere. The character of the red brick terrace has been adversely affected by the unsightly rendering and painting of parts of the facades, particularly at plinth level on the window bays and adjacent to the entrance porch. Single storey canted window bay on front elevation with hipped slate roof. Recessed porch to main entrance doorway. Stone lintels and sills to window openings and shaped stone lintel over entrance porch. Much of the stonework has now been painted. Slate roof with gabled dormer. Decorative clay ridge tiles and finial. Original cast iron rainwater fittings have been replaced. Hipped slate roof to canted bay on front facade with lead roll hips and flashings. Projecting timber eaves with bargeboards at gables. Corbelled brick chimney stack with buff fireclay louvre pots. Originally, sash windows generally, now replaced with casements etc. Roof windows added. Small back garden / yard area, with communal passage to provide rear access to each of the houses in the terrace, now partly altered. Original railings on brick and stone plinth to front boundary on Hope Drive have been removed. Only a small section of the original iron railings plus a gate survive at the entrances to 2 and 4 Hope Drive.

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