267-269 Browning Street. Bathurst, New South Wales

Bathurst is one of those rare Australian cities where you’ll find terrace houses on almost every street near the centre of town. Its also a place where you’ll find out of the way terraces like this pair located opposite the historic Bathurst Gaol complex some 3 kilometres from the city centre. While there is much information on the history of the prison complex constructed between 1886-1888 to the plans of architect James Barnet, little is to be found on this Queen Anne styled double storey pair with its prominent gables was presumably built later, possibly in the 1890s. It is likely that these houses provided accommodation to workers at the gaol complex.1

Double storey terraces opposite Bathurst Gaol (267-269 Browning Street Bathurst New South Wales)

Double storey terraces opposite Bathurst Gaol (267-269 Browning Street Bathurst New South Wales)

It is possible, though unlikely, that this pair was part of a larger row, given its situation to adjacent vacant lots and the apparent bricked in doorways and alcoves on the party wall to the east. Architecturally it fits the Queen Anne style with its high pitched corrugated iron gable, brick and rendering style of the party walls, being reserved for the party walls. The use of different brick on the gables with brickwork ascending and descending the eaves on the diagonal is notable. Alternating paint bands, while faded, are still visible on the bullnosed verandahs. Use of iron lace is modest, with only brackets with drops remaining on the house at 169 and balustrade. The south facing row makes maximum use of natural light with double sets of tall windows, with large glass french doors and transom lights on the upper level.

At some recent stage the two terraces have been combined into the one building, with the doorway at 269 being bricked in to form a window.

The terraces are located in a local conservation which was added after a 2007 review, the State Heritage Inventory (SHI) number for the buildings is 1080028.2

References

  1. pg 17. Bathurst Conservation Area Review. B. J. Hickson Architect and Heritage Adviser in association page with Bathurst Regional Council. September 2007
  2. Bathurst Regional Heritage Study Final Report 2007

One Response to “267-269 Browning Street. Bathurst, New South Wales”

  • Ireen Lark:

    Hello, I found this listing by accident. For your information this pair of terraces was never part of a larger group. I have an early photo showing the pair with no houses surrounding probably dating to the late 1800s or early 1900s. I am unable to attach this photo but can send to you if required.
    Regards
    Ireen Lark

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