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Item details

Name of item: House
Other name/s: Lochlins, Westminster
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 20 Stanton Road, Haberfield, NSW 2045
Local govt. area: Inner West
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
20 Stanton RoadHaberfieldInner West  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This property has historical significance for its association with important local identities, William Nicholls and Thomas Nesbitt, and for its notable place in the development of Haberfield. Architecturally it is a distinctive example of the Queen Anne style in a most pleasing corner setting. It is also an excellent example of the trend since the 1970s towards restoration of original use and fabric conservation. The property is Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW).
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Physical description: This is a fine and unusual building most likely designed by John Spencer-Stansfield, the Stanton firmÕs architect for the Haberfield Estate. According to Vincent Crow, its architectural style was advertised by Stanton as Domestic Gothic, supposedly characterised by the pyramidal turret above the corner room of the piazza verandah that extends around the front and side of the house. It is a face-brick building, originally tuck-pointed though now somewhat weatherbeaten, with a slate roof trimmed with terra cotta except for the turret, which has mitred hips and a tall terra cotta finial. The ridges are crenellated and have ventilated gablets. The verandah has delicate timber posts, brackets, frieze and balustrading. There are French doors, casement windows with coloured glass, and roundels. One end of the verandah is enclosed with sympathetic glazing. The entrance porch is accessed through a three-ring brick arch, above which there is a roughcast frieze and a repousse copper plaque bearing the house name. The front garden is handsome, with mature trees. The fence is a composition of brick plinths, timber posts top rail and alternating wide and narrow pickets. The composition of entrance gate and posts is very Art Nouveau in character.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
As observed from the street : Intact
Modifications and dates: Part of the verandah has been pleasingly enclosed.
Further information: (1) Richard Stanton in the Australian Dictionary of Biography. Nichols s name is spelt wrongly in many sources. For the correct spelling, see Haberfield Estate, the booklet published by Stanton & Son, undated but c 1902 (National Library of Australia). (2) Vincent Crow, Haberfield, the Federation Suburb (ADHS, 1983) and Tours of Haberfield, Past and Present (the Author, 2002) p 136.

Current use: Residence


Historical notes: The original name of this house was Lochlins, an anagram of the surname of William H Nicholls, for whom it was built. The house originally addressed Haberfield Road, to which its entrance faces. Nicholls was an accountant and manager of the Metropolitan Brick Company. He became a business colleague of Richard Stanton's in the development of Haberfield. Stanton married his daughter Florence, who also participated in the Stanton firm's property dealings. Their two sons later joined the firm.(1) In 1912 the property was purchased by Thomas H Nesbitt, the Town Clerk of the City of Sydney, who gave the house its present name of Westminster. Before coming to Sydney Nesbitt had been the City Comptroller of the City of Westminster in London. He lived here until 1922. Subsequently it was used as a private hospital, Kia-ora. The house then fell into disrepair and was converted into two tenanted flats. After 1984, new owners restored the house. Its present front fence was re-built to the design evident in earlier photographs, while the new double garage facing Stanton Road was designed in sympathy with the house.(2)


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAshfield Local Environmental Plan 201346023 Dec 13   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Ashfield Heritage Study Review200117807Bob Irving  Yes

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Database number: 1020344

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