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7 Newcastle Drive

Large detached house c1858 by architect T.C. Hine. Previously converted for use by Ministry of Health c1954 and later converted into five flats, c1980. Prominently located on sloping site with views over The Park. Three floors plus basement and attics. Red brick facades with buff brick decorative patterning, ashlar dressings and hipped slate roof. Side extension of two storeys and basement may be very early addition. Unsightly brick flue added to full height of main garden front, mid 20c. Alterations to forecourt area to provide decks for car parking spaces, resulting in loss of original railings and steps. Substantial part of garden area lost to separate residential development adjacent to Tennis Drive (c1965-75). Shallow rectangular brick bays flanking main entrance doorway, with shaped gabled dormers at attic level. Round-arched moulded stone main entrance doorway with twin side lights. Shaped gabled dormer above main entrance doorway at attic level. Bridge access with railings between street and main entrance doorway. Full height, shallow rectangular bay to right side of garden facing facade, topped by shaped gabled dormer. Red brick facades with buff brick band patterning at storey height levels. Semicircular arched brick openings at basement level on garden front with buff brick dressings and piers. Original red brick chimney stacks have been taken down to just above parapet level. Variety of stonework details including gable and parapet copings, pilasters, cornices, sill band, string courses, console brackets plus moulded square or round arched door and window openings. Some of the stonework has been painted. Original rainwater fittings replaced and further pipework added to service flats. Originally, mixture of plain and glazing bar sash windows, a number of which now altered or replaced. Windows arranged in singles, pairs or groups of three. Roof windows added. Substantial ground works required to locate house on steeply sloping site. Main entrance two storeys above upper garden level and large brick arched retaining wall with steps links upper and lower garden terraces. Lowest part of original garden and boundary wall to Tennis Drive (formerly known as Huntingdon Drive) lost during subsequent development.

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