A Victorian January quartet

The Victorian terraces of Oldfield Park are a wonderful example of infinite variety – dating from the late 19th century Bath building boom in which private investment in speculative building financed extensive suburban housing developments, these streets are a cornucopia of different layouts, extensions and uses from house to house. Built for the people that fuelled Bath’s rise as a “place of commerce and industry” (Bath – Michael Forsyth), these homes are an excellent choice for residential buyers looking for more reasonably priced character homes than can be found on the northern slopes. Oldfield Park also enjoys a vibrant local high street (Moorland Road), a station and an easy walk into the city centre. 

Here are four superb examples of local Victorian houses already for sale with us in January – ranging in size from two to four bedrooms


Herbert Rd – £345,000


Practically perfect – an exquisite late Victorian two storey home absolutely packed with retained character and styled beautifully. An ideal layout of two open plan receptions plus kitchen on the ground floor, looking out onto a well tended 34ft x 15ft west facing garden. Upstairs houses two double bedrooms and a four piece bathroom. Within sight of the shops on Moorland Road and gazing over to Lansdown from the front door. Immaculately presented with modern kitchen and bathroom fittings, double glazing and gas central heating. An outstanding period home in a hugely convenient location for local amenities, commuting via local stations (Oldfield Park station less than 4mins walk) or a 1.2 mile amble to the Guildhall in the centre of Bath. Sole Agents.

Herbert Rd is first listed in city directories in 1892, with 21 houses built (numbered 1-13 and 1A to 8A). The land had been purchased for development in 1889 by Frederick Riddle. 1895 occupiers in this part of the road were;
12 Turvey William M, stoker
13 Harding James, platelayer
14 Colgat Mary A., tailoress
In 1902, this property was listed as the home of Eli Horner (policeman) with Frederick Silcox (gardener) below but No14 vacant. The terrace also included another policeman (William Baker) at No16. By 1911, the occupier was W.F Simms (bootmaker).


Brook Road – £325,000


Perfectly placed with Oldfield station at the end of the road, this 1101sqft late Victorian mid terrace has a spectacular 150ft+ west facing rear garden and plenty of room for improvement. Two primary floors of accommodation with a further loft room, side lean to, W.C and undercroft. Two separate receptions, kitchen, two double bedrooms and a first floor bathroom. Well looked after but now requiring upgrading to reach top potential. Double glazing in situ, neutral functional kitchen & bathroom fittings and gas to the property. Offered with no onward chain. Sole Agents

The first buildings on Brook Road in the mid 19th century were three terraces on the east side – Dorset Terrace and Sydney Buildings adjacent to the South View Road junction plus Victoria Cottages next to the railway. The remainder of the road dates from 1890 onwards and, in 1892, No49’s first occupier was a gardener called Samuel Taylor. Out of 20 neighbours from No’s 40 – 60 Brook Rd, 7 were GWR employees and 8 local building trades. That theme continues at least up to 1920, with local owners of Charles Whittaker (baker), Sydney Bullock (GWR stoker) and W.Wadman (engine examiner).The last owner of this property – Charles Whittaker’s daughter – was born in the house and lived in the property for a total of 91 years.


Cynthia Road – £340,000


A south facing garden with a 13sqm detached outbuilding, views over to Lansdown and a beautifully extended full width kitchen/breakfast room – three good reasons to view this central Oldfield Victorian two storey terrace. Looking down onto Moorland Rd and across to the crescents of Lansdown from the top of Herbert Rd, this property has two separate receptions on the ground floor alongside the extended kitchen. First floor houses two double bedrooms and a generous bathroom. Retained character melded with modern convenience, a 44ft x 15ft garden ready for summer BBQs and a substantial workshop/office to retreat to. Sole Agents.

Due to work & academic commitments for our clients, the earliest date for completion on this property would be the 1st week of July (2018)

Constructed from 1894 with the first two houses occupied as Granby Villa (Giddings J., carpenter) and Stanley Villa (Coleman Chas, agent), this Oldfield Park road name derives from one of the largest landowners in the area at the time of build – Thomas Hughes Delabere May. Mr May was the owner of the Victoria Brick and Tile Co in Dartmouth Avenue (est 1887). Beyond Maybrick and Mayfield Roads celebrating the family and the local brickfields, the two further local Oldfield streets named after the Mays are Claude Avenue and Cynthia Road, after Thomas and Mary’s first two children.


Ringwood Road – £425,000


A fully extended 1170sqft three storey four bedroom two bathroom late Victorian terrace tucked away in this quieter corner of Oldfield Park, with a gloriously open plan kitchen/dining area and a sunny west facing rear garden backing onto the Linear Park. The remainder of the accommodation includes; four bedrooms and a bathroom over the upper two floors, a bay windowed front sitting room with an open fire and even a bonus downstairs shower room. Beautifully styled throughout with muted tones and all the modern conveniences you would expect. 30ft x 16ft rear gardens with brick lean to utility/store and a gate at the back to the cyclepath . Offered with no onward chain. Sole Agents.

The local area development around Ringwood Rd was started in 1889 with West Avenue. Millmead Rd followed in 1896 and Ringwood Road itself was constructed from 1897. At the turn of the century, building still continued in the street (30 to 39) but the following occupiers are recorded in this section of the road;
47 Stephens Frederick, tailor’s cutter
48 Hunt J. B., wood carver
49 Toogood John, carpenter
50 Cox William, foundryman
51 Watts Frederick, railway guard
The two most common professions for occupiers in 1902 were cabinet maker (six) and tailors cutter (five).


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