The Lions Houses in Hillersdon Avenue
The Lions Houses in Hillersdon Avenue
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The Lions Houses in Hillersdon Avenue
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 Road on the corner of Laurel Road, the most prominent lions in white on top of the gate and corner piers against the red brickwork, although the one that was on the corner boundary wall pier is missing. 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. The concrete streetlamp post has since been replaced with one of a more heritage-friendly design.
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