DMP Providing Listed Building Regulations Advice & Guidance on Farmhouse Project

DMP instructed by main contractor to assist with basement tanking detailing, setting out drawings and staircase design on Grade II Listed farmhouse on Old Portsmouth Road, Guildford.

The contractor had been awarded the project by large regional house builder. The project, to complete a full refurbishment of the three storey farmhouse.

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DMP were approached to assist with this interesting project due to our wealth of experience working with Listed Buildings.

Upon instruction DMP undertook two detailed inspections in order to understand the proposed basement arrangement. Incorporating underpinning and provide detail tanking arrangements.

The second visit ascertained timber and beam sizes to all floors. In order to set out internal partitions and most importantly the proposed staircase over the three floors.

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Works are progressing well and DMP’s experienced Architectural Technicians are always on standby to assist. Including answering questuions, and respond timely with supporting details and amended drawings.

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interesting facts

The Grade II farmhouse as recorded on English Heritage register is likely to be the one depicted in a painting of St Catherine’s Hill by the artist JMW Turner from 1805. It is also shown in some detail in drawings for the Austen Estate dated to 1837.

The farmhouse is thought to date from around 1700. It appears to be shown on the 1768 John Rocque map as part of a cluster of buildings on the east side of the Old Portsmouth Road.

The 1841 Tithe map shows the building with its current L-shaped plan of a main range to the west and a transverse ancillary eastern range. Probably built in the late-C18, and with a long detached outbuilding to the south-west.

The farmhouse was owned by Sir Henry Edmund Austen and occupied by an Elizabeth Kettle. The principal elevations of the house are depicted in a drawing of 1837 for the Austen Estate.

The 1881 census shows that Little Artington Farm, as the site was then known, was occupied by Henry Stuart, a farmer, possibly leasing the farm (of 260 acres) from the Loseley estate which owned the farm by 1938.

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