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© Ms Ruth Povey

IoE Number: 380188
Photographer: Ms Ruth Povey
Date Photographed: 30 June 2001
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade I

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BRISTOL ST5973NW PORTLAND SQUARE, St Paul 901-1/6/1904 (North side) 08/01/59 Nos.22-28 (Consecutive) and attached area railings (Formerly Listed as: PORTLAND SQUARE (North side) Nos.22-28 (Consecutive)) GV I Terrace of 7 houses. 1789-1820. By Daniel Hague. Limestone ashlar, brick stacks and slate mansard roof. Double-depth plan. Late Georgian style. Nos 23, 25 & 28 are 4 storeys; 4-window range, the rest 3 storeys; 3-window range, with basements and attics. A formal symmetrical composition in which the middle and end houses project slightly; a rusticated ground floor, pilasters from the first-floor plat band to a modillion cornice and parapet; the centre has pilasters with bases and acanthus capitals and a plain square-headed doorway with a fanlight in a rectangular overlight. Doorcases are placed toward the centre with Ionic columns and modillion pediments, batswing fanlights and 6-panel doors; rusticated voussoirs to the ground-floor windows and plain voussoirs above, to 6/6-pane sashes; the end gables have a large central semicircular-arched doorway with a Gibbs surround, similar stair windows and lunettes above the cornice, and openings either side with 5 stepped voussoirs. Nos 23 & 24 completely rebuilt c1973 as replicas to complete the terrace. INTERIOR: details in No.27 include a central lateral stair well top lit by a conical lantern, open-well stair with column and urn balusters and curtail, fluted Tuscan and Corinthian pilasters to semicircular and segmental hall arches with panelled reveals, modillion cornices and panelled shutters. The other houses have been largely remodelled c1980. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: spear railings to basement areas. The corner pilaster of No.28 is inscribed PORTLAND SQUARE and CAVE STREET. Part of Bristol's '...most complete and beautiful square' (Gomme). (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 209; Ison W: The Georgian Buildings of Bristol: Bath: 1952-: 220; Dening C F W: The Eighteenth Century Architecture of Bristol: Bristol: 1923-: 53).

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