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.
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 High Town and is connected to a large vaulted brick cellar range
underneath the yard.
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 High Town 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 High Town was rebuilt about the
middle of the 18th century and also has an original stair.
full Shoesmith archaeological report is available from the agent’s office
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, for
which a technical start has been made.
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
Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent was granted on 3rd July 2012.
All relevant Documents are attached.
plans were drawn up by J.J Rann & Associates, Architectural Consultants.
Tel: 01544 239064
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 individual purchaser.
enquires to Herefordshire Council Planning Department on 01432 260386.
is a pedestrian right of way over the courtyard to which the property is
of register of titles and Local Authority Search Report attached.
Gwyneth O Owen Solicitor
Upper Haven Cottage
There are 3
single phase supplies. We understand that mains water, electricity and drainage
are connected. Any purchaser must satisfy themselves as to whether mains gas is
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.
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statements contained in these particulars.
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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/leasehold status of the property. The buyer is advised to obtain
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