Old Vestry Offices
- Original design
- Unknown, 1829
The building, situated in Enfield Town conservation area comprises an octagonal shaped building abutting to Grays Newsagents at 21 The Town.
A small, lodge-like building of circa 1800. 2-storey centre and one-storey sides canted back. Stucco with 1st floor band continuing as frieze of side wings. Impost band to round headed windows in wings. Central double door, now half-glazed, in quasi-entablature surround with pediment. Sash windows, some with glazing bars. Centre 1st floor window round-headed tripartite in round-arched recess. Low pitched hipped slate roof.
The Grade II property is listed. The first floor accommodation is a rectangular form over the octagonal offices at ground floor. Roofs to all sections of the property are flat and the windows are of timber casements.
Storage heaters heat the property and there is a small concrete paved area to the rear.
On the ground floor there are two main offices, a side office a strong room and store, a kitchen and a toilet. On the first floor are two offices and a storage area.
The wrought iron railings, half-octagonal on plan. Urn finials at angles and to square wrought iron piers supporting central gates are also Grade II listed.
The building was originally built in 1829 for the Beadle of the parish and was the original police station for the Ancient Parish of Enfield.
In this our first application for planning permission we are hoping to replace the guttering material.
Lead on the roof guttering has been stolen on numerous occasions, leaving the building open to internal damage.
The roof guttering cannot be seen from ground level making the theft sometimes left unnoticed.
The proposal is to replace the lead guttering with stainless steel. This is lightweight and cheaper to install than lead. The stainless steel comes in long length sheets and allows the retention of historic detailing. The slated roof will stay intact and the replacement of guttering with stainless steel will cause no harm to the building or the character in the conservation area. There will be no additional features or additional openings.
Stainless steel in less prone to thefts as it is difficult to cut and remove.
Although the material used as a guttering will be changed, the roof will carry the same features. There will be little impact on either its historic fabric or aesthetic value and these works represent a minor enhancement of its special interest of its special appearance.