© Mr Robin Earl LRPS
52 RICHMOND ROAD
WORTHING, WORTHING, WEST SUSSEX
Mr Robin Earl LRPS
26 July 2001
06 November 1986
Date of last amendment:
06 November 1986
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No 52, 52A and 52B
TQ 1402 NE
House. 1843, by Charles Hide (1810-1876) architect and town surveyor of Worthing.
Whitewashed stone rubble, cement render and pebbledash, old tiled roofs. Tudor Gothic
style. 2 storeys with attics. Entrance front has 2 4-centred windows at west, one
3 light mullioned and transomed battlemented bay window at east. 2 first floor 2
light casements, one central 2 light casement, one gabled 2 light casement. Central
4-centred arched door with above jettied first floor part timber part painted
plaster to imitate studwork bay projection with barge boarded gable. Prominent
external chimney breast, corbelled out at first floor 2 twisted stacks. West
returned gable has ground floor rectangular bay window, first floor jettied upper
gable with painted stud work and elaborate barge boarded gable. Roof hipped at east
with battlemented parapet and twisted stacks. 2 storeys wing at canted angle at
east has ground floor cross window, first floor 3-light casement, jettied east gable,
barge boards. Garden front (north) has returned gable wing at west, large ground
floor bay windows. Pebble dashed, slate roofed, 2 storey service wing at rear (No 52A).
INTERIOR: 'L' plan ground floor hall with dog-leg staircase with Gothic newels and
classical iron balusters. Walls scored for stucco lining, now painted. Doorcases
with rusticated surrounds, plaster labels and heads, 3 panel doors with 2 upper 4-
centred arches and lower quatrefoil panel tracery. Front door same details with
2 leaded side-lights. Panelled and ribbed ground floor and first floor landing
ceiling. Labelled and rusticated opening on half landing. 2 reception rooms of
hall with Gothic plaster ceilings, with frieze and cornices, panelled window embrasures.
Fireplaces missing throughout. Details in service wing suggest build of same date
as house (c1840). An ambitious villa antedating the main development of Worthing,
remarkably in a Tudor-Gothic style, picturesquely contrasting with the neighbouring
neoclassical villas. Called Gothic Lodge and Tudor Court at various periods. See
H Smail Worthing Map Story (1949) p 129 and Edward Snewin and H Smail Glimpses of
Old Worthing (1945) p 87; Builder XXXIV, 1876, p 645.