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Mount Row in London’s Mayfair, near Berkeley Square, features some unusual houses built with red brickwork. One in particular is a Tudor style town house featuring carved woodwork. Frederick Etchells was the designer and these properties were built by T. Downer between 1929 and 1931.
No 8, the Tudor style property, is a Grade II historic building. It was originally built in the early 19th Century as a coach house and modified both internally and externally when the adjacent No.6 property was built.
It is not known how much of the original 19th Century structure was retained in the early 20th Century rebuilding, however documents held by the City of Westminster do tell us the premises began life as a coach house.
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Etchells was a member of the Vorticism Group and several of his drawings feature in the Group’s magazine BLAST, published just once in 1914 and again in 1915. He was a long standing member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB.)
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A decorative passageway with plaster cast ceilings linking the four properties within the premises leads to an unusual plaster rendered ornamental wall with sumptuous decoration of a tree. It is possible this plaster wall was influenced by designs from the original 19th Century coach house.
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Even the windows on the building are of great interest. The upper windows have carvings depicting medieval scenes.
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The lower windows have decorated wooded fascias depicting thistles, faces and further plaster cast decorations.
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One wonders whether these decorative woodwork panels are from the original 19th Century coach house, yet very little is known about the building historically. Its barely mentioned on the internet and just receives a passing mention in a local guide to Mayfair. One intriguing matter that comes to mind is if this certainly was a 19th Century coach house, surely there would have been some old pictures or substantial records of the property? Perhaps one day more about the history of 8 Mount Row will be known.