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House - Earsdon Cottage

Item details

Name of item: House - Earsdon Cottage
Other name/s: Formerly known as No.71 Carrington Street.
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Primary address: 20 Carrington Street, West Wallsend, NSW 2286
Parish: Teralba
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Lake Macquarie
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
20 Carrington StreetWest WallsendLake MacquarieTeralbaNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: One of the best examples of a Federation Queen Anne style cottage in Lake Macquarie.
It has attractive detailing, characteristic of its period, and is in remarkably intact and original condition.
It has been occupied for the last 50 years by a miner who came from Wales but worked for many years in the local Seaham No.1 and/or No.2 coal mine(s).
He is now retired, but still occupies this house and gives it a close association with the miners of the past and with the town's mining origins.
Like the older miner's cottage in Main Road, Cardiff, this cottage could be used as a pattern for the restoration of cottages of the same period & style in Lake Macquarie.
LEVEL of SIGNIFICANCE - 1993: Regional significance - moderate,
in a scheduled Conservation Area
Local significance - very high
Group Significance - very high (as a contributing item
in the conservation area)
Date significance updated: 28 May 08
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Physical description: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS - 1993:
Location: south side of Carrington Street, downhill from Robertson St
Architectural Style: Federation Queen Anne
Materials: Frame - timber frame, on (Jesmond ?) stone stumps.
Roof - hips and gables, CGI cladding
Walls/Cladding - weatherboards, (rebated ashlar pattern)
Windows - DH, front triptych with coloured panes & ornate hood
Floors - timber
Interior - ?
Substantial timber cottage with hipped cgi roof, return verandah & protuding gable front.
One of the most distinctive Queen Anne cottages in Lake Macquarie - larger, with more original detail than its neighbours, eg: flying gable with fretwork barge decoration & finial; bellcast pressed metal
window hood with fretwork brackets & spooled frieze; cast-iron-lace balusters, frieze & brackets on verandah; ashlar pattern weatherboards; Jesmond stone stumps.
Child- proof gate in balustrade is an unusual suvivor.
Fine frangipani in garden.

Image A - (Doring Neg. 301-25a) shows "Earsdon Cottage", 20 Carrington St West Wallsend. Note decorative detail such as: flying gable with fretwork barge decoration & finial; elegant bellcast pressed metal window hood with fretwork brackets & spooled frieze; triptych window with coloured glass panes; cast-iron lace balusters & child-proof gate, frieze & brackets on return verandah; ashlar pattern rebated weatherboards.
Modifications and dates: Modifications No obvious external modifications. Interior not inspected.
Current use: 1993: Domestic residences


Historical notes: HISTORICAL NOTES - 1993: The present owner (Mr Jones) has lived in this house for 50 years.
He is a retired coal miner, originally from Wales, who worked in the Seaham No.1 (and No.2?) coal mine(s).
HERITAGE LISTINGS: "The Hunter's Heritage", Hunter R.E.P. 1989, Schedule 5 - Conservation Areas.

Recommended management:

RECOMMENDATION - 1993: Like the older miner's cottage in Main Road, Cardiff (CF-17), this cottage could be used as a pattern for the restoration of cottages of the same period & style in Lake Macquarie.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Statutory InstrumentList on a Local Environmental Plan (LEP)28 Jun 08
Statutory InstrumentInclude in a Conservation Area within an LEP28 Jun 08
Recommended ManagementDocument and prepare an archival record28 Jun 08


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 2004WW-0819 Mar 14   
Local Environmental PlanLake Macquarie LEP 201419610 Oct 14   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Lake Macquarie Heritage Study1993WW-08Suters Architects Snell, Dr J. Turner, C & MJ Doring Pty LtdDoring Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Oral History 1993Verbal information from the owner

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1910225

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