of the best historic houses in Hereford – it was rediscovered about 20 years ago and there
was quite a flurry of excitement at the time in conservation circles. A note about it was put in one of the Civic
Trust Newsletters but with no historical detail. Not being on the street frontage it is
difficult to place it in such things as the hearth tax and the later poll
books. With such an excellent staircase
it presumably belonged to a well-to-do trader.
The Mansion House c.1695 across the road has a similar staircase and 29 Castle Street– now belonging to the Cathedral School – has one too I think. As the
staircase has a closed string this makes it closer to 1700 than 1730 – houses
in St Owen
Street of c.1730 have open strings with slender
balusters. The cross window is a good
early feature too. All of which suggests
the brickwork is c.1700 – a dusky colour, fired with Forest of Dean coal – like 29
Castle Street – the Council Minutes in 1699 refer to the pollution caused by early brick
makers around the city who were benefiting from the Wye Navigation, which was
opened in 1695. The brick makers were
burning inferior coal in their clamps.
properties 2 – 5 High Town currently Hallmark Greetings (No. 2), Jean Jeanie
(No. 3) and Manfields (No.s 4 & 5) are a close knit group of historic
structures of considerable interest and significance. Much is hidden from public view and at
present only No. 3 is “Listed” although it is noted that Nos 1 – 3 form of
block to the rear of these properties is a late 17th century house
of hand-made red brick. The stairwell
and western portion survive, but the eastern part was demolished in 1962. Only the ground floor was in use – the upper
floors have been abandoned since the beginning of the 20th
century. However, the remaining portion
retains a very good original stair and includes a modelled plaster ceiling on
the first floor as well as other historic fittings. There is a cellar underneath the main
building, which is linked by a vaulted brick passage to the cellars underneath
No. 3 and is connected to a large vaulted brick cellar range underneath the
17th century house was constructed to face a courtyard to the north
and had an entry through an archway associated with the present No. 10 Widemarsh Street. This
building was, in the late 19th century, a public house called
confusingly No. 5. The courtyard now
contains several 20th
century outbuildings, and a disused entry to
the cellars which was constructed during the second world war as part of the
air raid precautions. The frontage block
is not without interest. No. 3 was
probably built at the beginning of the 18th
century and has an
original stair and a notable shop front of C1800, whilst No. 2 was rebuilt
about the middle of the 18th century and also has an original stair. A
archaeological report is available from the agents office upon request.
The house may be retained
as an individual home or converted to 2 maisonettes and a bed sit
as permitted by formal planning and listed building consent.
The generous staircase and
stairwell can be retained in all their splendour. The access to
all levels and exit to the exterior conform well to the current building regulation requirements for a ' protected shaft' subject to
installing fire doors to each individual unit.
The ceiling heights throughout are generous and lend themselves
well to the need to insert fire
and sound proofing between each unit. The exception would be the
fine plasterwork ceiling to the main first floor room where repair is proposed
followed by fire proofing within the void and above.
The top duplex apartment
in particular would be especially desirable as it enjoys extensive
views of roof tops and rising land to the north. This is achieved by the
proposed addition of roof windows below the lower purlin level.
The rear of Widemarsh Street ( in this location ) has
existing high status residential
accommodation with very good levels of privacy and security
Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent
Permission & Listed Building
Consent was granted on 3rd July 2012. All relevant Documents are attached.
The proposed plans were
drawn up by J.J Rann & Associates, Architectural Consultants. 01568 760427
We understand these plans
have been passed for 3 individual units but subject to planning these could be
changed to form 1 whole residential unit or 2 apartments depending on the
enquires to Herefordshire Council Planning Department on 01432
We understand that:
* Mains Water is available
to be connected at a cost of £3400+Vat.
* Mains Drainage - foul
& surface connected.
* Mains Electricity (tbc)
* Mains Gas is available to
be connected at a cost of £2726.99+Vat.
Quotes available from the
property is located off Widemarsh Street in Hereford City via a pedestrian right of way next to Henryka (jewellers) and the property is
found through a door on the right hand side.
by appointment through the Agents on 01432 344779
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and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for their purpose,
neither has the agent checked the legal documents to verify the freehold status
of the property. The buyer is advised to obtain verification from their
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