PRIVATE HOUSES: OLD PORTSMOUTH

Pritchard Architecture was appointed by two private clients, to repair and conserve two adjoining residential properties. The project will ensure the long-term condition of the houses by completing sensitive conservation repairs and replacing modern alterations undertaken in recent years with more appropriate and sympathetic repairs.

The houses were constructed around 1580, originally timber framed and subsequently infilled with masonry. It was a single dwelling with the adjoining property, which was later subdivided into two properties. They consist of two storeys with an attic with plain tiled roof, and have 16 pane sash windows with timber boarded front doors. The houses are listed Grade II and II*.

The houses, built around 1580, just before the time of the Spanish Armada, were originally timber framed and subsequently faced with masonry.

Old deeds, now held in Portsmouth Records Office, give the terms of the leases on houses in Penny Street, and in all cases, as well as the ground rent paid to the Corporation, one fat capon was to be given to the Mayor each Christmas.

It is believed that the houses were converted to an ale house in order to satisfy the needs of soldiers living in barracks in Old Portsmouth, sailors of the Royal Navy and dockyard maties (workers). Attempts in the early 19th century to control the supply of alcohol, which was producing serious social problems in towns with a large Service population, meant that drinking establishments had to hold either a full public house licence allowing sale of all alcoholic liquor, or a beerhouse licence, easier to obtain but permitting only the sale of ale and porters.

The houses are privately owned as residential properties and have a back log of repairs to undertake. The project will undertake sensitive conservation repairs, replacing modern alterations undertaken in recent years with more appropriate and sympathetic repairs. This will help to secure the long term future of the properties and to make them more efficient buildings.

Project Details

  • Client: Private Clients

  • Designation: Grade II* and II Listed Buildings

  • Status: On Site

  • Contract Value: Undisclosed

  • Structural Engineer: Marbas

Clare Dawe