Monday, 16 March 2015


This extravagant confection in Clifton Road was completed c.1907 to designs by local architects Denman & Matthews whose practice spanned the Victorian & Edwardian eras, and it shows. In red-brick & render with canted tile-hung bays, half-moon dormers, turrets with porthole lights and dutch gables the architects seem to have been determined to create the busiest possible frontage regardless of expense.

Denman & Matthews also designed the Hare & Hounds public house at Preston Circus, 1905 and, shortly before the company was wound up in 1920, they were responsible for the conversion of the Sudeley Street Chapel to a cinema.

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