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IoE Number: 481162
Photographer: Ms Mary Allison
Date Photographed: 13 January 2005
Date listed: 13 October 1952
Date of last amendment: 13 October 1952
Grade II*

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BRIGHTON TQ3203NW ROYAL CRESCENT 577-1/48/767 (North side) 13/10/52 Nos.1-14 (Consecutive) and attached railings GV II* Terraced houses. 1798-1807. Developed by JB Otto. Black mathematical tiles, some houses refronted. Roofs of Nos 1, 3-7, 9, and 10 slate, Nos 4-5, and 9-10 have been turnerised. The rest obscured by parapet or blocking course. EXTERIOR: 4 storeys over basement. 2 windows each. The facades of Nos 1 and 14 are parallel to Marine Parade, the rest arranged in a single arc between these 2; a full-height, fluted pilaster at the end wall of No.14 terminates the composition. Each unit has a full-height bay with tripartite, flat-arched windows to the side of the entry; there are verandahs or balconies to the first floor of each as well. Entries to central units, Nos 7 and 8, are paired and framed by Tuscan pilasters, entablature and a broad segmental pediment. Flat-arched entries with overlights, framed by Tuscan pilasters and entablature to Nos 1, 2, 6, 9, 10 (with decorative glazing bars), 12, and 13; Nos 1 and 2 are topped by segmental pediments. Round-arched entries with fanlights, framed by Tuscan colonnettes, entablature and pediment of raking cornices only to Nos 3, 4, 11, and 14, the jambs and intrados of all but No.3 are panelled. Entry to No.5 is mid to late C19, flat arched with rounded corners, framed by Tuscan pilasters with chamfered corners; the capitals formed from rosettes and egg-and-dart moulding; entablature blocks above and cornice; decorative glazing in the overlight. The bays to Nos 12 and 14 are segmental, the rest are canted. First-floor verandahs to all but No.1, which has a first-floor balcony. Verandahs and balcony are supported on cast-iron brackets and have cast-iron railings; stanchions in cast-iron to Nos 5 and 6, Nos 6-7, and 9-14 are supported by cast-iron brackets. Verandah roofs of metal; roofs to Nos 2, 7-8, and 10-14 are convex in cross-section, Nos 3-6, and 9 have a cross section close to a cyma recta curve. Entablature and modillioned cornice to top floor; Nos 1-6, and 11-14 have a blocking course, Nos 7-10 have a parapet, on which is painted the words "Royal Crescent." Doors of original design to Nos 1, 4-7, 10-11, and 13-14. Stacks to party and end walls. INTERIOR: not inspected. Railings to entries and area. There is a grey plaque on No.4 which bears the inscription: Laurence/ Baron Olivier/ of Brighton, O.M./ Actor/ 1907-1989/ Lived Here/ 1961-1979. Sir John Clements lived at No.7. The Royal Crescent forms a group with Nos 68, 69, and 73-89 Marine Parade (qv), and the Royal Crescent Hotel (qv).

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