82 Church Street, Tewkesbury

Gloucestershire, GL20 5RX

"An exceptionally fine and well-preserved medieval town house" Listing, Historic England
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No 82 left

Pair of houses in row. Late C15 or early C16. Late C16/17 rear wing, extended late C18/C19. Close studded framing with plaster infill to front, heavy box framing elsewhere, brick underbuild; tile roofs, brick stacks.

PLAN: side-entry parallel plan, heated by central shared stack, with lower rear wing making L-plan.

EXTERIOR: 3-storey double-jettied front block covering, to the right, entry to Turner's Alley.

Front is 2-windowed: No.82 has 3-light C18 leaded casement with central opening light to horizontal bars only, above same at first floor, and C20 3-pane shop front with door, left.

No.83 has 3-light wood casement at first and second floors, with good small-pane timber bow shop front oriel; to right the opening to the alley. First-floor casement flanked by 3 and 2 cusped panels as to No.82, but slightly wider lights, but bressumer above, not frieze.

Large brick stack centred behind ridge, which has some stone ridge tiles.
In the brick-paved alley wall to right is heavy timber-frame, to left rendered.

Interior of No.83 not inspected, but basic fabric clearly of same date as No.82 and noted as having fragments of late C16 wall painting to first-floor front room including extracts from Psalm 102 and separate text beginning "Honour thy Father..".

HISTORICAL NOTE: Mrs Craik, author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1857) lived in No.83.

Church Street from the front door looking towards the Abbey

"The cusped first-floor panels constitute a very rare example and highly significant of C15 wooden fenestration, particularly for a town house." The first-floor window is flanked each side by 2 delicately carved cusped blank lights, and a carved Perpendicular frieze runs full width immediately below the jetty. This originally would have been a continuous window strip, carried also across No.83.

Connecting 'conservatory' looking towards kitchen

A small courtyard, covered with C20 glazing, links with back part of premises, also framed ...

Connecting 'conservatory' looking towards lounge

INTERIOR: No.82 has very broad ceiling joists and chamfered transverse beam, large corner posts, and a rough bressumer to rebuilt fire.
Inside view of front door
Centre, right a mid C18 winder stair with stick balusters and Doric newels; here some mid C18 fielded panelling. Framing to party walls and back in heavy members.

Extra room above kitchen - future study/office

.. and with, back right, a blocked doorway with pointed head. In this room are chamfered-stopped ceiling joists.

Bedroom first floor, Jazmin's room

Bathroom 2nd Floor

Bedroom second floor

View from bedroom, right

View from bedroom, left

View to rear

Top floor Stairs

Upper stair simple steep winder, probably C18, with a unit of fielded panelling at head. Corner posts almost cruck-like at heads.

Side access to No 82, kitchen

Behind front block is 3-storeyed unit in heavy box framing with brick nogging, with 3-light casement, followed by 2-storey brick unit with two 3-light casements and a plank door, left, to No.83. Slightly set back a further heavy framed unit, with large corner post, 3-light at each level, and a part glazed stable door to No.82.

Did I mention the cellar? Oops no pics, but there is one

The Flood of 2007

House marked!

Historical Research

A decent hi-rez version to replace the photocopy I had. Note on the side of the previous says "Photo Mallet 1880-1900". Pre dates the 1950s since the classical frontage next door has not been added. It could be just before Thomas Collins restored the upper story.

Two photographs send to me by Chris Partrick, Conservation Officer at Tewkesbury Borough Council.
Taken in the 1950s by the Air Ministry.
Alec Clifton-Taylor made a BBC television series called "Six English Towns" in 1978
10 minutes and 20 seconds into the program 82/83 Church Street is shown.
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Compositing the down and the up shot I created this image:
So the 1950s brick front was still in place in 1978.

Two photographs send to me by John Dixon. The first is Dated 1975

This photograph is dated 1979, although I suspect it is much older. The window is present in older photographs despite it being under repair in this image

No 82 as a coffee shop, 'Pickwicks'. Photo courtesy of Tewkesbury Museum.

This stunning view of the town, as seen from the very top of the tower of Tewkesbury Abbey, was taken in 1936 as part of the publicity for the appeal to raise funds for the restoration of the tower. The man on the ladder is is Jack Day, one of the builders who played a major part in the work. Sadly, a few years later Mr Day was working on a lower scaffold when he fell and lost his life. the white building in the distance is the Sabrina cinema, just bult that year.- Cliff Burd
This is an early morning view of Church Street in 1912. The streets have just been washed and some of the shop awnings are down already, so it was likely to be a warm day. Traffic is virtually non-existant, just a couple of horses and carts and the odd cyclist. Note the workman on the extreme left, painting the sign on the Plough public house.- Cliff Burd
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Renovation Photos
Last Updated: 18th September 2016