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William Alvey's House

Pevsner, Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, p.655 (1989)

 

Northgate No2 is the most remarkable house in the town, unknown to earlier literature. Its late C17 stone front is crammed between the Sessions House and Lloyds Bank, a miniature of three bays, two storeys, quoins, and bolection-moulded window surrounds. All the robustly carved keystones are copied from C17 engravings in a Charmeton style. The tall doorcase with segmental pediment has more carving, and the pulvinated frieze is broken thrice., for bas-relief, ciphers, and a medallion. Lloyds Bank adjoining is an unusual piece of early C20 infill, 1905 by W. Watkins & Son, the style C17 Baroque to match its neighbour, but for the C20 and a bank it must of course be grander. With No2 it forms a seven-bay composition.

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