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© Mr D.R. Smith LRPS

IoE Number: 216740
Location: 12 AMPTON ROAD B15
Photographer: Mr D.R. Smith LRPS
Date Photographed: 19 January 2001
Date listed: 22 April 1976
Date of last amendment: 22 April 1976
Grade II*

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AMPTON ROAD5104Edgbaston B15No 12SP 0585 45/622.4.76

AMPTON ROAD 1. 5104 Edgbaston B15 No 12 SP 0585 45/6 22.4.76 II* GV 2. Dated 1855 and designed and built by John Henry Chamberlain for himself. Visually the first house in Birmingham to demonstrate Ruskin's principles of Gothic polychromy. Two storeys and attics, fine red brick with polychrome brick. Tile and stone dressings, built on a crosswing L-plan, Gothic details. Three bay front the left hand advanced and gabled. Steep gable end roofs with patterned slates and decorative ridge tiles. First floor band of coloured tiles and another similar below dogtooth corbelled eaves. On the left a 2 storey Gothic canted bay window with decorative tilework, the entrance next to break with original door with 3 encircled trefoils in the tympanum above, all beneath a bold Gothic arch on corbel stops and flanked by either side by a single cusped lancet; triple group of lancets to right. First floor has apart from the upper portion of the bay window, a pair of segment headed narrow windows and a triple group to the right. All windows sashes, some with decorative leadwork to heads. The west return elevation is similar but instead of a canted bay window, a tripartite arrangement of lancets, the centre broader and larger, subdivided by a shaft and with a corbelled balcony to the first floor. Interior unaltered with heavy staircase with simple Gothic detail, original doors and door furniture and shafted fireplaces.

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