XLIII.—No. 39 CHARLES SQUARE.
General description and date of structure.
That part of the eastern side of Charles Square which belonged to
Charles Hills extended from and including No. 39, to the north-east corner
of the square. This would appear to have been let in two plots: (a) containing a frontage of 40 feet in the square, abutting north on Charles Street
and let to William Charles for 61 years from 23rd March, 1684–5 (fn. 1) ; and
(b) containing a frontage of 44 feet and a depth of 49 feet, abutting north
on ground of William Charles, and let to Stephen Rumball for a term ending
Lady Day, 1745, i.e., probably the same term as (a).
Plot (b) corresponds to No. 39, and these premises, which, in all
probability, are substantially identical with those originally built, therefore
date back to about 1685.
The house consists of two storeys and a basement, with an attic in
roof. It is double-fronted, with a plastered front, and has window-frames flush
with the wall, with the glass divided into small panes. Internally, some of
the rooms have square deal panelling, with a moulded cornice and chair
rail. The staircase has a moulded close string with square newel posts
finished with ball caps and moulded pendants. The balusters are well
turned and spaced at a wider distance apart than usual (Plates 65 and 66).
The staircase at the top has a three-light mullioned window which overlooks
the garden in the rear, and is glazed with diamond-leaded lights.
Condition of repair.
In the Council's collection are:—
(fn. 2) Staircase balustrade, detail (measured drawing).
|| See, e.g., indenture between Frances Crispe and John Cazalet (Midd. Reg. Memls., 1726,
|| Reproduced here.