The Lion Houses in Hillersdon Avenue
The Lion Houses in Hillersdon Avenue
Record No
163644
Title
The Lion Houses in Hillersdon Avenue
Description
The Lion Houses were built by James Nicholl between 1899 and 1903 in The Crescent, Laurel Road, Hillersdon Avenue, Glebe Road, Ranelagh Avenue, and Bellevue Road, on the former estate of The Laurels, a country house that once stood to the east of Barnes Green. Lion figures were used to adorn every gate-pier and parapet, it is believed due to an over-ordering error. All The Lions Houses are in the Barnes Green conservation area of Richmond-upon-Thames and listed locally as Buildings of Townscape Merit. This view shows the pair at 31-33 Hillersdon Avenue on the corner of Laurel Road; the most prominent lions in white on top of the gate and corner piers against the red brickwork. The band of decorative buff terracotta shown beneath the eaves is a typical feature of The Lion Houses. They are described as a variant of the Type A houses at 1-14 The Crescent and 19-28 Ranelagh Avenue. A shiny black Mk VIII or Mk IX Jaguar Saloon draws the eye from the smaller Ford saloons and BMC Minis also parked in the street.
Date of execution
1968
Section
London Metropolitan Archives
Collection
LCC Photograph Library
Medium
photograph
Catalogue No
SC_PHL_01_684_68_12216
London picture map location
Exact
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