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Mv077 : Brighthelm

Item details

Name of item: Mv077 : Brighthelm
Other name/s: Hythe
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 4 Mathews Road, Mount Victoria, NSW 2786
Parish: Hartley
County: Cook
Local govt. area: Blue Mountains
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
4 Mathews RoadMount VictoriaBlue Mountains HartleyCookPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

"Brighthelm" is an unusual house with an intact exterior characterised by distinctive detailing which makes a very positive contribution to this part of the village because of this character and by contrast with other houses in the area. Its architectural expression is rare in Mt Victoria. The house is complemented by an early and intact garage elsewhere on the site.
Date significance updated: 22 Jan 02
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Physical description: "Brighthelm" is a single storey double fronted late Federation era cottage, with a hipped and gabled roof with exposed rafter ends and a verandah across part of its front. There is a dormer on the southern side of the roof. The gable is simply detailed, with plain barge boards and a turned timber finial, and the wall below the apex of the roof is finished with roughcast cement render divided into vertical panels by regularly spaced battens. Roughcast cement render also lines chimneys and the masonry verandah enclosure, which has been constructed with a solid balustrade wall and wide piers with decorative arched openings - it is almost a loggia. The rest of the house is finished with smooth cement render which projects slightly at corners and around openings to form architraves and mouldings. Windows are timber framed, with double hung sashes. The top sashes of the windows on the northern (front) side of the house are divided into nine panels, while the bottom sashes are divided into two with a central vertical glazing bar. The window to the projecting front room is shaded by a bracketed canopy.

There is a single car garage to the south east of the house, which has a gabled roof and walls lined with roughcast cement render. The vehicular doors are made of vertical timber boards; the gable is lined with corrugated iron or similar.
Current use: Residential
Former use: Residential


Historical notes: Mathews Road was part of a large amount of land acquired by William Beaumont of Burwood.It was subdivided and after a quanity was sold the title to the residual allotments was tranferred to William Beaumont's wife Jane in August 1896. After she died it passed to Sydney accountants Thomas Gillespie and James Steel and was theirs towards the end of 1910; from the middle of December 1910 the allotments were sold off. In May 1912 two lots were sold to local blacksmith Thomas Lanfranchie which were to become the site of "Brighthelm".
According to Council rate records the house was built between 1918 and 1922 and was known as "Hythe". It was inherited by Francis Charles Lanfranchi, who was a member of the RAAF and lived at Penshurst, in 1946. In the middle of 1948 he sold the property to local nurseryman Thomas Edmund Peterson, who mortgaged it to the City of Blue Mountains Co-operative Building Society shortly after acquiring it. Peterson later mortgaged the property to the Commercial Bank of Australia in July 1963 and in February 1966 sold it to local railway signalman Ferdinand Gerhard Schwerdfeger, who eventually sold it to William Laws and Tony Lithgow during 1988 (LTO 1198-127).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Accommodation-Activities associated with the provision of accommodation, and particular types of accommodation – does not include architectural styles – use the theme of Creative Endeavour for such activities. (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 c)
[Aesthetic significance]
"Brighthelm" is an unusual house characterised by distinctive detailing. This includes a variety of surfaces and decorations in cement render and the design of the front verandah. The garage behind the house is early and is also finished with cement render. The house makes a very positive contributuion to this part of the village and makes a lively and stimulating contrast with the later post World War II house at 6 Mathews Road.
SHR Criteria f)
The architectural expression of "Brighthelm" is rare in Mt Victoria, but other houses with equivalent detailing can be found elsewhere in the Blue Mountains.
Integrity/Intactness: The exterior of "Brighthelm" is very intact ,as is the garage.
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 PlanLEP2005MV07707 Oct 05 122 
Heritage study MV077   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Technical Audit BM Heritage Register2008MV077Blue Mountains City CouncilCity Planning Branch No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 1896Certificate of Title, Register Book Volume 1198 Folio127
Written  Council Rate Records

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1172091

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