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54 The Ropewalk

Detached house c1828-29. Now subdivided and converted for use as offices and flats. One of a group of houses on The Ropewalk which were amongst the first to be built in The Park c1828-34. Formerly gardens, the site had prominent views over Nottingham Terrace, (now named Park Terrace), and across the Park. The 4th Duke of Newcastle had grand aesthetic aspirations for a select ‘residential plan’ in The Park and by identifying these plots and commencing building work he aggravated Town inhabitants who were becoming increasingly concerned at impending loss of The Park as an area of common recreational use. Two storeys plus basement. Now considerably enlarged with side and roof extensions. Painted stucco, lined out on Ropewalk facade in imitation of stone ashlar. Symmetrical road front facade with central doorway flanked by glazing bar sash window at ground floor level. Door and window openings have moulded surrounds. Door has been replaced. 3no. glazing bar sash windows at first floor level with moulded surrounds. Moulded eaves cornice, now weathered, with modillion brackets and plain band in shallow relief. Pierced parapet wall with balustrading plus added windows to later roof conversion. To left on road front, two storey flat roofed extension with single glazing bar sash window on each floor, mid 19c. To right, similar projecting two storey extension, late 19c. Steps and railings in front yard area. Pair of prominent two storey canted window bays to garden front. Window bays may have been added shortly after original house, i.e. first half of 19c. Glazing bar sashes to bays at first floor level. Alterations to bay openings at ground floor level. Moulded sill bands to bays, now altered. Two storey, flat roofed, later side extensions. Significant alterations to attic space with pair of door/window openings and other alterations replacing original eaves cornice, parapet and balustrading. Four side wall chimney stacks with altered caps. Original garden area converted into car park and original boundary wall to Park Terrace now altered to provide enlarged gated opening for vehicle access.

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54 the ropewalk

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