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Loxton House

Item details

Name of item: Loxton House
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Residential buildings (private)
Category: House
Location: Lat: -32.2614480510 Long: 150.8888089120
Primary address: 142-144 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333
Parish: Rowan
County: Durham
Local govt. area: Muswellbrook
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Wanaruah
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP11221
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
142-144 Bridge StreetMuswellbrookMuswellbrookRowanDurhamPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Loxton House, built c1838 is a key building in the main street of Muswellbrook. It is a two-storey Colonial-Georgian building which has been claimed to be Muswellbrook’s oldest remaining building.
Date significance updated: 03 Oct 00
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Construction years: 1838-
Physical description: The front facade is stone with projecting quoins and an upper verandah supported on fluted timber columns. The side walls are stuccoed brick and the rear wall is painted brick. The rear elevation also has a two-story verandah. The roof is iron over shingles. Joinery is cedar and floors are pit-sawn timber boards. Internally the building retains much of its original cedar joinery including a staircase with carved handrail. (Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 19/03/1980)
Modifications and dates: 1980 - restoration/conversion for use as a restaurant in the basement. Shops on the ground floor and offices on the first floor.
1987 - approval granted for repaving of basement courtyard.
1992 - approval granted for repair of timber posts and repainting exterior.
Current use: Restaurant
Former use: Residence


Historical notes: In January 1980 Muswellbrook Council requested comments from the Heritage Council regarding proposed renovations of Loxton House.

In March 1980 the Heritage Council recommended that an Interim Conservation Order be placed over the building as it was concerned that full compliance with Ordinance 70 of the Local Government Act would require an unacceptable sacrifice of the architectural integrity of the building. Non-compliance with the relevant provisions would not unduly affect its fire safety.

Following concurrence with the Minister for Local Government with the proposal an Interim Heritage Order was placed over the building on ?????

In recognition of its heritage significance a Permanent Conservation Order was placed over Loxton House on 8 January 1982.

It was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0018502 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0018508 Jan 82 30053
Regional Environmental PlanHunter REP 1989 03 Nov 89 1079350
Register of the National Estate  11 Aug 87   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Muswellbrook Heritage Walk View detail
Written 1980Branch Managers Report to the Heritage Council 19/03/1980
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Muswellbrook Heritage Walk View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045633
File number: S90/05895 & HC 32411

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