Listing: Pair of substantial Victorian villas
converted to a hostel in 1930s. Landmark value.
Comment: Nothing seems to be known about when these things
were built or who by or who for. They are certainly large and
prominent. They are also characterless and ugly. In 2002/3
they were converted into flats and the area around them covered with new
build flats. This building was not, at the time, locally listed
and the developers were under no particular obligation to keep it.
But they did; and they designed the new build flats to suit this
building (and made a rather better shot at it than the original).