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Group of 3 Houses- including Bielsdown

Item details

Name of item: Group of 3 Houses- including Bielsdown
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: 0 Long: 0
Primary address: 642-646 Tyringham Road, North Dorrigo, NSW 2453
Local govt. area: Bellingen
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
642-646 Tyringham RoadNorth DorrigoBellingen  Primary Address
(adj North Dorrigo Store, to the west)North DorrigoBellingen  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Good group of three. Each is representative to some extent of houses built in the village and the district. At the same time each has some interest of its own. Common features include the timber and iron construction and the informal rural character. Bielsdown is of special note for its age and possible historic interest. It would appear to be the settlement's oldest house and possibly the oldest surviving on the whole plateau. The other two houses are interesting variations on standard Federation designs. All persist essentially unaltered. The grouping is enhanced by good planting and the setting created by the planted median strip.
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Physical description: Three older style weatherboard houses, each of a different design.

Centre house is Bielsdown, which appears to be the oldest. It adopts a traditional Georgian form and has an encircling bull nosed verandah. Corner addition at front cuts into verandah form. Flat timber verandah posts, original doors and double hung windows.

House to east is a slightly asymmetrical Federation style. Standard except for second front gable (to roof only, no projection below). Both gables a little steeper than usual for this period.

House to west also adopts a standard L-shaped plan arrangement but features a low pitched all hipped roof. This suggests later construction but detailing is more in keeping with Federation period. Probably c1920. Verandah returns to side. Unusual bay window to projection, with metal hood. Large casement windows with small upper and lower panes.

Bielsdown has a high hedge in front. The house to the east is hidden by dense planting except for its roof. The westernmost house has a simple fence with a well planted front garden. The houses have their own lay-by access off the main road, with street planting on the grass verges and median strip.
Modifications and dates: All three houses require some maintenance, in varying degrees. Only major alteration apparent is front addition to Bielsdown. Not a major concern and seems quite old itself.
Further information: Site visit 2009:
624: screen door added to front door; enclosed verandah at store side along rear; old extension at rear; garden considerably cleared.
Centre house 'Bielsdown': roof ventilator added which detracts from roof form; older extension at rear with old, but not original, door; side verandah completely enclosed.
Western house: extensive renovations, in great condition; repainted; seems to be original roof, which has been repaired; metal awning on bay window retained; fence removed; new balustrade to verandah; flyscreens added to side door; original fence at rear; new awning over rear door and windows.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Bielsdown is a common local name suggesting the old house may have possible historic interest.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is assessed as historically significant locally.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is assessed as aesthetically significant locally.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is assessed as socially significant locally.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally.
Integrity/Intactness: This item is assessed as socially significant by association locally.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanBLEP 2010I20906 Aug 10   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Bellingen Heritage Study1991BG0216Perumal Murphy Wu Pty Ltd  No

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1110216

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