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IoE Number: 379238
Location: CLIFTON HILL HOUSE AND ATTACHED FRONT WALLS, CLIFTON HILL (south east side)
  BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
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Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade I

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BRISTOL ST5772 CLIFTON HILL, Clifton 901-1/41/780 (South East side) 08/01/59 Clifton Hill House and attached front walls (Formerly Listed as: CLIFTON HILL (South side) Clifton Hill House) GV I House. 1746-50, dated 1747. By Isaac Ware. Built by Thomas Paty. For Paul Fisher. Limestone ashlar with lateral and ridge stacks and a slate hipped roof. Double-depth plan. Palladian style. 3 storeys and basement; 11-window range. Very good garden front has a central 5-window block with 3-window basement wings, to which ground floors added mid C19. Vermiculated basement to a band, rusticated ground floor to a plat band, first-floor sill band, cornice and parapet; pedimented central 3-window section broken forward. A large double stair projects from the centre of the basement to the ground floor, with a balustrade and ramped rail, and urns on the half-landings. Balustrades with urns to the wings. Basement windows set in semicircular arches have tall keys and impost bands, and 6/6-pane sashes with thick bars, and a semicircular-arched central doorway below the stair. Ground-floor doorway has a heavy Gibbs surround, split key, thin consoles to a cornice, and half-glazed door; ground-floor windows have deep keys. 6/6-pane sashes, 3/3 panes to the second floor, with blind boxes to the first and left side of the ground floors, and tall 2/2-pane sashes to the C19 wings. The tympanum has a carved armorial shield of the original owner with festoon each side. A cast-iron balcony to the right-hand wing on thin stanchions with pierced brackets and flat balusters. The road elevation is identical apart from the basement, but with a 4-window right-hand ground-floor wing set forward with a balustrade, and left-hand C19 service block; mid C19 porch extended from the doorway with a matching Gibbs surround and console cornice; monogram of the patron and date 1747 in the tympanum. INTERIOR: a good interior with fine rococo plaster ceilings. A central through passage with vaulted ceiling, a large stair hall with stone open-well stair with wrought-iron foliate balusters and a fine decorated ceiling; fine rococo ceiling to the former dining room, good C19 plaster ceilings to other principal rooms, and good marble fireplaces; study with 3-bay vaulted ceiling, with Gothick ogee labels with crockets and pinnacles to openings; 6-panel door with fielded panels; dogleg service stair to the basement has column balusters, fielded panelling to pantry and basement rooms, stone niche with a tap from the well, kitchen fireplace surround, and bread oven. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached ashlar wall either side of the road doorway, with rusticated piers and scrolled brackets to the sides of the doorway. Now part of a university hall of residence linked by a mid C19 block to Callander House (qv). A fine Palladian villa, part of an important group of early and mid C18 villas at Clifton: the plasterwork is probably by Thomas Paty, who was also responsible for the plasterwork at Redland Court (qv). (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 151; Mowl T: To Build the Second City: Bristol: 1991-: 52; Ison W: The Georgian Buildings of Bristol: Bath: 1952-: 177).

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