Unusual Victorian house for sale for £525,000 with hidden extra
- Credit: Shipmans
An imposing Grade II listed three-storey house designed by famous architect Edward Boardman in Norwich is for sale.
Number 12, Chapelfield North, has six bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as an attic and cellar.
And it also has a special fancy feature not easily seen from inside a car, driving past.
At the top of the red brick building are four embellished chimney stacks in the 'Tudorbethan' style. The house was built in 1891 so in fact the chimneys are also Victorian and believed to be the work of a specialist firm of the time, known as the Gunton Brothers of Costessey.
The Gunton Bros were experts in creating chimneys that looked liked the ones on Tudor and Elizabethan mansions. Their work can be seen all over Norwich - with striking ones on Dunston Hall, for example.
There were apparently 34 different chimney designs available including roses, thistles and shamrocks created in the brickwork among the most popular of the time. A complete chimney of 60 bricks cost more than £3 in Victorian times - equivelant to several hundred pounds now.
The architect Boardman was renowned for designing buildings with lots of detail - hence he would have commissioned the fancy chimneys.
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Boardman himself created some of the city's most notable buildings including the former Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and the Royal Hotel.
Ken Shipman, from Shipmans, selling the property, said: "Indeed houses rarely come up in this location. The lady who lived there for some considerable years sadly passed away.
"It's a unique chance to purchase a piece of history. The house is very interesting inside."
The house has period features such as original fireplaces, a staircase and sash windows as well as a cellar and attic. There are six bedrooms, four receptions and three bathrooms.
Off the hall is a dining room and drawing room and outside is a courtyard garden. On the top floor is a converted attic with views over Chapelfield Gardens.
However, the house comes with no parking - but a permit may be available from the city council, state the agents.
Boardman was a Victorian architect based in an office in Old Bank of England Court, Queen Street, now the Sowerbys property agency office.
His major works in Norwich include the refurbishment of the old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, converting Norwich castle into a museum and building the Royal Hotel. Outside the city, he also worked on buildings from Wisbech to Coltishall. He often collaborated with his arch 'rival,' fellow architect George Skipper, who also created many prestigious buildings in and around the city.
Boardman was elected Norwich mayor from 1905–1906.
The ornate chimneys in the style of a Tudor mansion were the work of George Gunton who began making ornamental bricks and terracotta in Costessey in the 1840s and by the 1870s was renowned across the region.
He died in 1890 but his son and grandson, both named William, continued the firm under the name of Gunton Bros, originally at Costessey and then after the First World War at a brickworks in Little Plumstead. They are believed to have built the chimneys in Chapelfield North. Black-out restrictions in the Second World War in 1939 forced William Herbert Gunton to wind up his business. However, the firm's famous chimneys are still evident presiding over many local buildings.