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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: WITANHURST

List entry Number: 1379026

Location

WITANHURST, 41, HIGHGATE WEST HILL

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityCamdenLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 16-Dec-1970

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 478391

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Details

CAMDEN

TQ2887SW HIGHGATE WEST HILL 798-1/5/869 (West side) 16/12/70 No.41 Witanhurst

GV II*

Substantial detached house. 1913-20. By George Hubbard. For Sir Arthur Crosfield. Incorporating part of Parkfield, an early C18 house enlarged 1881 by Allen William Block, a merchant, and 1894 by Walter Scrimgeour, a barrister. Restored 1946. Red brick with stone dressings. Tiled roofs with dormers and tall brick chimney-stacks. PLAN: L shaped plan in William & Mary style. EXTERIOR: entrance facade (NE front) of 3 storeys and attics 10 windows main block; right hand forward return 2 storeys and attics 8 windows; left hand attached block (part of original house), 2 storeys 3 windows. Main block with channelled stone ground floor and quoin strips; central entrance with Doric stone doorcase. 1st floor windows segmental-arched sashes with lugged architraves; 2nd floor sashes with stone keystones and cast-iron balconies. Modillion eaves cornice. Right hand block red brick with stone band at 1st floor level, recessed sashes with keystone, modillion eaves cornice. Left hand block red brick with recessed sashes and modillion cornice. Left hand return (SE front) incorporates part of the original house; red brick with hipped tiled roof with wooden modillion eaves cornice. Original flat topped dormers replaced by hipped dormers. 2 storeys, attics and semi-basement. 5 original C18 windows bays at south-west end. Gauged brick flat arches to recessed sashes (originally flush frame with exposed boxing); 1st floor windows with projecting brick aprons and semi-basement with segmental-arched recesses. Main, SW garden front with Ionic loggia having modillion cornice surmounted by balustrade. 4 window centre and projecting end bays each with Venetian window, modillion pediment and architraved oeil-de-boeuf in tympanum. INTERIOR: in 1914 White Allom and Co were commissioned to decorate and furnish the house. Percy Macquoid acted as consultant and designer, being responsible for the overall design of the Music Room, Drawing Room, Study, Hall and staircase, and most of the bedrooms, all in an opulent Classically detailed style. Other richly decorated rooms include the Dining Room, Chinese Room, Billiard Room, and the Gallery. The house has 65 rooms. HISTORICAL NOTE: Sir Arthur Crosfield was Chairman of the soap



manufacturers Joseph Crosfield and Sons and had been the MP for Warrington. (Survey of London: RCHME: St Pancras Part I (Village of Highgate): 1936-: 72-73; Victoria County History: Middlesex, Vol. VI: London: 138).



Listing NGR: TQ2811787189

Selected Sources

  1. Article  Reference - Title: The Village of Highgate The Parish of St Pancras Part 1: Volume 17 - Date: 1936 - Journal Title: Survey of London - Page References: 72-73
  2. Book  Reference - Title: The Victoria History of the County of Middlesex: Volume VI - Date: 1980 - Page References: 138

National Grid Reference: TQ 28117 87189

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