Bownes Pool, Bournes Green


Bownes Pool, Bournes Green


Photographs and Plans L - R

1. Bowns Pool, Bournes Green
2. Linda Hall's Drawings related to Bownes Pool


Linda Hall, Author of ''Period House Fixtures and Fittings 1300 - 1900' has viewed Bownes Pool and set out her observations :

The house is set at right angles to the road and is built on a level platform cut out of the hillside. It faces east down to the stream. It has two storeys and attics, the latter lit by modem dormers, but is taller than many of the houses and has a large area of blank wall above the first-floor windows. The three-light windows have wooden lintels and slender wooden mullions with replacement leaded-light casements. The first-floor windows have quadrant stays.

To the right is a small two-storey block which is lower than the main house and was originally a stable. The front door leads into the hall; but there was originally a partition under the ceiling beam to create a central passage. The walls are 1'10" thick and the internal width is 16'3". The hall has a flagstone floor and a fireplace with a segmental arch of chamfered stone. Numerous round holes in the surround probably held a wooden architrave, perhaps a later addition.

There was a spiral stair next to the stack, and on the other side is a fine glazed cupboard, brought from elsewhere. The parlour has a wooden floor and a blocked fireplace in the end wall; the stack protrudes very slightly beyond the gable end, where there is a modern extension. The parlour window has an architrave with an early C19th moulding and would have had shutters. The wooden casements have simple turnbuckle catches of a style used in both the early C19th and in the Arts and Crafts period. The ceiling beams in both rooms are unchamfered. A continuous lean-to at the back comprised a small room at the north end, a former kitchen with a blocked fireplace, and a former slaughter house.

The house has an unusually large attic, with nearly 9 feet of headroom below the collar and a further 3 feet above that to the apex. The two trusses have substantial principal rafters with curved feet running down into the side walls, and the lapped and pegged collars are chamfered. There are two pairs of'purlins, chamfered top and bottom with runout stops, and they are joined by slip tenons which pass through each principal rafter. The diagonal ridge is carried on plated yokes. Despite the large size of the attic, it was originally lit only by a window in the south gable end.

The house was probably built in the mid C18th, and the rear lean-tos added some time later. Above the house and probably contemporary with it is the privy, built against the garden wall. It has been named "Albert's Hall" after the person who lovingly restored it to its former glory!

In the garden are a number of substantial stone channels, believed to be reused Roman drain stones.

Linda also produced drawings of the house which you can view by clicking on it below.


Oakridge History Group


Linda Hall


Gloucestershire Archives holds the following :
1. Auctioneers Particulars, 1963, ref. D1405/5/30




Bowns Pool, Bournes Green
Linda Hall's Drawings of Bownes Pool



“Bownes Pool, Bournes Green,” Oakridge Community Archives, accessed March 21, 2019,


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