78 Derngate Archive

78 Derngate – a listed building

9 Jul
David Walsh

Numbers 76-80 Derngate were Listed Grade II on 9th December 1968 and this Listing was affirmed by 78 Derngate’s inclusion in January 1976 in the National Resurvey that formed the basis of The National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

On the 11th October 1989 numbers 76, 78 and 80 Derngate were divided into three separate Listings with number 78 being upgraded to II*.

Buildings on The List are graded as follows:
Grade I – Buildings of exceptional interest.
Grade II* – Buildings which are particularly important and of more than special interest.
Grade II – Buildings which are of special interest.

The following are details from The NHLE.

Heritage Category: Listed Building
Grade: II*
List Entry Number: 1040369
Date first listed: 22-Jan-1976
Date of most recent amendment: 11-Oct-1989
Statutory Address: 78, DERNGATE

Statutory Address: 78, DERNGATE
The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Northamptonshire
District: Northampton (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: SP 75897 60285

DERNGATE SP 7560 SE (south west side) 4/537 No 78 GV II* (star)

House, early C19 with extension and alterations 1916/19 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for W J Bassett-Lowke. Red brick and Welsh slate roof with brick ridge stack. Moulded brick eaves. Part of a terrace. 3 storeys and attic with basement to rear. Single main window range. To right are steps with iron balustrade which lead to front door and lamp with surrounding decoration above all designed by Mackintosh. This is set in early C19 moulded doorcase, part of pair with No 76 (qv) adjoining to right. On left a square bay with plain-tile pentice roof and leaded casements also designed by Mackintosh. On first floor a 2-light casement set in original opening and,to right, a small sash, both these also designed by Mackintosh. 16-pane sash on 2nd floor and 2-light flat-roofed attic dormer. To rear, across most of the width is the extension designed by Mackintosh with a 4-light casement to the basement (part glazed door to left), windows on 2 sides to Dining Room, partly with leaded lights and characteristic handles, balcony verandah above (now glazed) and balcony to 2nd floor 2-light French window. Rear is cement rendered as designed by Mackintosh. Interior: remains almost completely as re-organised by Mackintosh. Front hall/parlour has moulded fireplace surround, very fine screen with panels of coloured leaded glass, curved newel and door. Dining room has walnut fitted china cabinets, with drawers below, panelling and built- in wall lamps, together with fireplace (grate appears renewed). Staircase has further lattice screens including that to bathroom as well as fitted cupboards. Bathroom has similar lattice design fitted cupboards and the original American Kohler bath. One window pane is mirrored. 1st and 2nd floor bedrooms have simple ceramic tile fireplaces possibly also by Mackintosh. The attic remains early c19 in character. As regards the extension, Howarth (op cit) considers that no other work in this country at the time bears so clearly the characteristics of the modern movement. Many of Mackintosh’s original drawings together with contemporary photographs are in the Glasgow University collection. Part of the furniture designed by Mackintosh for the house are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Glasgow University, and Northampton Museum. (Thomas Howarth: C R Mackintosh and the Modern Movement: 1977: p199-204; Roger Billcliffe: Mackintosh Furniture and Interiors: 1981: p218-252.)

Listing NGR: SP7589760283


Books and journals
Billcliffe, R, Mackintosh Furniture and Interiors, (1981), 218-252
Howarth, T, CR Mackintosh and the Modern Movemant, (1977), 199-204


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


The website of Historic England historicengland.org.uk. Accessed July 2019.