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© Mr Richard M. Brown FRICS

IoE Number: 203387
Photographer: Mr Richard M. Brown FRICS
Date Photographed: 04 January 2007
Date listed: 30 August 1954
Date of last amendment: 12 March 1973
Grade II*

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OLD ROAD SE134424Lee Public Library[Formerly listed asNo 34 - The ManorHouse (Lewisham

OLD ROAD SE13 1. 4424 Lee Public Library [Formerly listed as No 34 - The Manor House (Lewisham TQ 3975 15/L66 30.8.54. Public Library)] II GV 2. 1771-2, probably by Richard Jupp. 2 storeys and basement, 5 windows. Slightly projecting centre 3-bay section has half-storey over. Yellow stock brick. Stone entablature with fluted architrave, garlands in frieze. Blocking course over. In attic storey 4 flat pilasters support cornice. Low pitched hipped slated roofs. Ground floor cill string. Rusticated stone basement. l-storey and basement, 2 window right wing, partly rebuilt. 2-storey and basement left wing, blank but for one round window on lst floor and one small door. Gauged flat brick arches to sash windows with glazing bars in stucco lined reveals. 7 stone steps, with side walls and wrought iron inner rails, to tetrastyle porch with leafy capitals, garlands in frieze and pediment over. Later inscription in tympanum: "MANOR HOUSE". Porch now glazed. Cast iron gallery to flat roof centre. South (garden) front. Similar style and proportions but 3 middle windows in large round bow. Moulded stone architraves and cornice to windows. In right wing long dog-leg stair to entrance set back under round arch, 3-light sash window above, under plaster fanlight tympanum. Round arched niche under round window at right. Inside in hall screen of columns with leafy capitals. Reading room with large South bow has ceiling and cornice in shallow, Adam style plasterwork. Similar plaster work and screen of Ionic columns in ante-room to East, Enriched window architraves, reveals and shutters. Similar South room on West side. lst floor landing has arched screen with Ionic columns; groin vaulted passage behind, with Adam style decorative plaster work on walls. Central niche; and niche at stair head. Enriched cornices to principal upstairs rooms. House belonged at one time to Julius Angerstein who married the widow of its 1st owner Thomas Lucas. In 1796 he sold it to Francis Baring, foyer of Baring's Bank. Lee Public Library Wallis and Gate Piers and Pentland House and Walls form a group.

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