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18 The Ropewalk

One of a pair of houses (Nos.18 and 20) c1830. Now converted into single building and used for offices. Two storeys plus basement and attic. Painted stucco with gabled slate roof. Central and side wall chimney stacks. Two storeys and part basement exposed on garden front with original entrance set back at ground floor level on left side.Pedimented gable to side elevation. Originally, 2no. full height plain pilasters to garden front, now partly obscured by later canted window bay. 3 glazing bar sash windows with moulded surrounds on ground and first floors. Original window openings replaced by mid 19c, two storey canted window bay with 3no. glazing bar sashes at each level, plus first floor canted oriel bay with 4 lights. Sill bands and cornices to canted window bay. 20c window alterations to basement. Moulded eaves cornice with shaped brackets and plain band in shallow relief. 20c flat roofed dormer windows. Upper part of chimney stacks removed. Fire escape platform and staircase added to altered porch block. Three full storeys on symmetrical road front, built up to edge of pavement, with recessed central block and projecting end bays. (Nos.18 and 20). Plinth, ground floor sill band and moulded eaves cornice with shaped brackets and plain band. Doorway and 2no. glazing bar sashes in plain reveals at basement level. One of 3no. ground floor glazing bar sashes replaced with enlarged 2 light window opening with sashes. 3no. glazing bar sash windows at first floor level. Moulded surrounds to ground and first floor windows. To the right, 20c side extension. Original garden area now totally converted for car parking use with access via No.16 through opening in garden wall. Original brick retaining wall boundary with Newcastle Terrace survives but original garden steps filled in and original gate opening with piers bricked up. Newcastle Terrace, popular early 19c promenade for Town inhabitants with distant views over undeveloped Park and across Trent valley, significantly reduced in width c1980 during rebuilding works to retaining wall on Newcastle Drive.

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18 the ropewalk

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