This attractive house, grade II listed, was built by the fine woodcarver James Elwell (father of the artist Fred) partly designed by Smith & Brodrick who did much work in Beverley. A terracotta panel on the outside of a chimney stack proclaims the building date of 1880.
Elwell was responsible for the appearance of Victorian ‘Tudor-style’ in and north of North Bar, where you can see several of these houses, of timber additions to brick houses. Sometimes visitors take them for truly Tudor, they are all worth a closer look. Oak House has two storeys and attic half timbered on a red brick base, with small tiles on the roof and twisted ‘Tudor’ chimney pots. The south gable to the south with carved oak foliage to the bargeboards. The attic storey supports have carved figures of men as terminals.
The ground floor has a stone moulded arched head above double doors of linen-fold panelling, half glazed and a lintel carved with 'Ars Longa Vita Brevis' and 'Labore et Virtute'. To the north, a six-sided bay of two storeys, 12 lights, the upper part half-timbered.
Walk down the lane at the side of the house and enter the garden by the side gate. Once inside you will see a garden that is evolving into a garden of delights. There is a shade garden, specimen trees, unusual plants and a pond, leading down to a sunny seating area beside the house.
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