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IoE Number: 365509
Location: PALMEIRA MANSIONS, 33 CHURCH ROAD (north side)
  HOVE, BRIGHTON AND HOVE, EAST SUSSEX
Photographer: Ms Mary Allison
Date Photographed: 10 October 2005
Date listed: 18 July 1978
Date of last amendment: 18 July 1978
Grade II*

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HOVETQ2904NWCHURCH ROAD579-1/18/32(North side)

HOVE TQ2904NW CHURCH ROAD 579-1/18/32 (North side) 18/07/78 No.33 Palmeira Mansions GV II* House at end of terrace, now part of language school. 1883-4. Architect H.J.Lanchester, builder Jabez Reynolds Jnr. Stucco over brick, roof concealed behind parapet, rendered stacks with moulded caps. Plan: end of terrace abutting No.31 (Palmeira Mansions) Church Road (qv), original entrance on long west return, now blocked, and entrance via late C20 extension abutting to north. South front: 4 storeys over basement, full-height canted bay with 3-window facade, sash windows without glazing bars, bracketed eaves cornice, moulded strings, second floor central window with garlanded scroll pediment carried on console brackets, arch-head windows to first floor with central pediment and linked entablature, continuous cast-iron balcony carried on shaped brackets, rusticated ground floor. Irregular fenestration to west front; flat-roofed porch end bay right, arch-head opening with panelled door and leaded fanlight adjoining 3-bay projection with rusticated columns, entablature continued from porch, first floor conservatory with cast-iron columns, cresting and stained glass. Apart from these features on the west front, the facade is identical to the other end of the terrace. Interior: a remarkable collection of fittings from the 1880s, largely intact, including the original lincrusta wall and ceiling papers, and original light fittings. Extensive use of coloured marbles on the ground floor; marble panelled entrance hall and doorcases, heraldic stained glass, marble floor, curved marble stair with marble balusters and handrail. Front room ground floor: painted and gilded ceiling coffered in the Moorish style, marble panelled dado, columns in corners and doorcase of paired columns with ogee arch to overdoor, a design echoed in the chimneypiece which is also of marble; original mahogany door. First floor landing: Moorish horsehoe arches, ornate painted and gilded ceiling continued into the conservatory which has Tiffany-style stained glass, now divided by a partition. Front room with ornate chimneypiece incorporating mirrored overmantel, original frieze and lavish pelmet box to portiere. Conference room with ornate chimneypiece, Venetian glass overmantel with glass columns and engraved glass, ornate doorcase. Other chimneypieces survive including a wooden one painted white in style loosely associated with Robert Adam. Third floor: former ballroom (now video library) patterned parquet floor, fine mahogany carved door, plasterwork frieze with roundels, notable Doulton ceramic chimneypiece. Partition separating inner room, perhaps used as a stage, with rococo-style wood and plaster chimneypiece incorporating mirror overmantel, lustreware hearth tiles of a design by Walter Crane. Little is known of the original owner of the house, who is believed to have been an ink-millionaire, and it is not certain that Lanchester, the architect of this terrace and many other properties in Hove, was actually responsible for the interior. The house first appears in the street directories for 1886 as occupied by R.Gillespie Esq., and 3 years later by A.W.Mason. An outstanding collection of fittings.

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