8 High Street, Castor
This traditional architecture commission was for the design and construction of a new stone built house on a vacant plot in the village of Castor, near Peterborough. It is designed with a robust, block like exterior tempered with a finely carved ionic surround to the front door. The rear elevations are more playful with an Italianate loggia overlooking the garden and to distant views of open fields.
The main rear door has a doric entablature over strip pilasters. The house has been constructed using various kinds of local limestone and lime mortar. The windows are of painted wood. The internal stair is a delicate stone cantilever spiral leading from the cellars up to the first floor. The design of the house follows the local tradition of house construction with a hint of 20th century Edwardian proportions and detail. The stonework is new but will age with time to add to the extensive and enduring tradition of vernacular architecture in Castor.