Late C19 terraced garden, on spectacular site overlooking Avon Gorge, and featuring Iron Age earthworks incorporated in design; fine specimen trees; intact original layout. House 1872 extended 1893 for George Wills; ornate balustrades and steps on top terrace. Bristol University.
EH – GV II
House, now college building. 1873 by J Foster and J Wood; SE extension including music room by Sir Frank Wills, 1906. Orange/red brick with limestone ashlar dressings; stone-coped plain tile roof with carves finials; brick ridge and end stacks with moulded stone cornicing to diagonally-set flues. Jacobethan style. Double-depth front block with central stairhall of 2 storeys and attic, service wings to rear of one storey and attic and SE extension (to right) of 2 storeys. Garden front of symmetrical 5-window range with 3 gables facing and central 2- storey stone porch. Panelled double doors set within rusticated semi-circular arch and fine doorcase with barley-sugar classical columns to segmental pediment broken by heraldic cartouche; 3- light stone-mullioned and transomed windows to first floor are framed by debased Ionic pilasters to carved frieze and openwork parapet with corner urns. Lead rainwater goods with chevron detailing. String courses to porch are continued across front, linking heads and cills of windows. 2-light stone-mullioned and transomed windows flank porch and similar 3-light windows to projecting outer bays. The first-floor windows are crowned by scrolled pediments with central cartouches, the windows flanking porch having scrolled aprons. 2-light stone-mullioned attic windows to gables, and hipped dormers. Other elevations are treated in similar style, although mostly with smaller windows. Left return has long bay window (probably 1906) with cartouche in scrolled pediment and flanking Ionic columns with ob_elisk finials to urns surmounting parapet. Rear elevation has cupola surmounting boldly projecting stair tower; a one-storey corridor links the service wing to a porch onto Bridge Road, this has a similar semi-circular arch as the front porch, with flanking debased Ionic columns to openwork parapet with spherical finials. South-east wing in similar style, of 4-window range and strongly articulated by Ionic columns with linking cornicing; 2-light stone-mullioned and transomed windows in eared and lugged architraves, with similar scrolled pediments to ground-floor windows and front bay.