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IoE Number: 480450
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Date listed: 31 October 1952
Date of last amendment: 26 August 1999
Grade II*

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BRIGHTON TQ3004NW MONTPELIER CRESCENT 577-1/31/527 (South East side) 13/10/52 Nos.7-31 (Consecutive) and attached gate piers, walls and railings (Formerly Listed as: MONTPELIER CRESCENT Nos.7-15 (Consecutive)) (Formerly Listed as: MONTPELIER CRESCENT Nos.16-25 (Consecutive)) (Formerly Listed as: MONTPELIER CRESCENT Nos.26-31 (Consecutive)) GV II* Terraced houses. 1843-7. By Amon Henry Wilds. Stucco, roof of slate and tiles where visible but mostly obscured by parapet. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys over basement with additional wings of one and 2 storeys randomly but generally throughout the crescent; 3-window range except Nos 24-25 which are of 4-window range. The houses are arranged in a concave crescent and are grouped in 2 ways: the houses at the ends of the crescent are grouped in blocks of 3 (Nos 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 26-28 and 29-31); the houses in the middle in blocks of 2 (Nos 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23 and 24-5); the centre of each block is brought forward and given a giant order and pediment, while the wings set back serve to link one block with another; in a general view the crescent presents 10 projecting pedimented fronts, those to the outer, 3-house type being broader than the inner ones; most of the considerable alterations and additions that have taken place are in the recessed parts between the fronts. It is simplest to describe the 2 different types of block first. 3-house block: the inner house stands slightly forward. Ground floor decorated with banded rustication. The outer houses have flat-arched porches in the outer bays, presumably originally single-storeyed, with pilasters and entablatures; the entrance to the inner house is in the left-hand bay and round-arched; ground-floor windows flat-arched to outer houses, round-arched to inner; first-floor windows flat-arched with moulded stucco architraves, those to the inner house flanked by giant pilasters, and with subsidiary pilasters and entablature to each window, the entablature decorated with wreaths; bracketed balcony with cast-iron railings to inner house; second-floor windows flat-arched with moulded stucco architrave; entablature; pediment over inner house; blocking course. 2-house block: The ground floor decorated with banded rustication. Flat-arched entrance in recessed single-storey porch to outer bay, with pilasters and entablature; all windows flat-arched; the projecting part of the block is of 5-window range, the central window blank, leaving 2 windows to each house in this part. Moulded stucco architrave to outer windows only on first and second floors; the 3 inner windows are flanked by giant pilasters and this part is set slightly forward again; entablature; pediment over 3 inner windows; blocking course. Individual houses have the following features and variations: No.7: double panelled door of original studded design; 6/6 sashes of original design to first floor over porch; gabled dormer in mansard roof. No.8: fluted Corinthian pilasters; bracketed balcony with cast-iron railings. No.9: 6/6 sashes of original design to recessed outer bay. No.10 individual cast-iron balconies to first floor. No.11: fluted pilasters with ammonite capitals; bracketed balcony with cast-iron railings; 3/6 sashes of original design to second floor. Nos 13 and 15: round-arched windows to ground floor. No.14: unfluted Corinthian pilasters; bracketed balcony with cast-iron railings. No.16: considerably added to in porch area. Nos 16-17, 20-21 and 22-23 all have fluted pilasters with ammonite capitals. Nos 24-25 are a 2- house block with some of the character of the 3-house type: they have an additional bay outside the porch bay, and they have subsidiary pilasters and wreathed entablature surrounding the first-floor windows; here the entablature continues over the porch at first-floor level; on No.24 the outer bays and the second floor of the front block have sashes of original design. Nos 26 and 28 have panels of blank balustrading below the inner first-floor windows;the ground-floor windows of No.27 are flat-arched and the Corinthian pilasters are panelled. No.30 has unfluted Corinthian pilasters, and a bracketed balcony with cast-iron railings. INTERIOR: not inspected. Square piers to gates and between properties, originally stuccoed and corniced, with a low wall between, surviving at Nos 15-25, 28-9; cast-iron area railings survive in part to Nos 7, 18, 20, 22-3, 26-31, probably with much replacement. Nos 22-23 and 26-28 have elaborate cast-iron balconies to ground floor, presumably of late C19 date.

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