Dormay Cottages, Overbury, Worcester by Ernest Newton (1902-4), a Grade II listed row of three cottages built in "coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings and plain tiled roof with gable-end parapets and ball finials to south front and hipped at rear" (listing text). Source of image: Academy Architecture and Architectural Review. [Click on both the images here to enlarge them.]

Recent photograph by Philip Pankhurst.

Other notable features are the ashlar chimney-stacks, two on the roof ridge and one at each end; the half-dormers with their timbered gables, and the inscription "DORMAY COTTAGES/ AD 1904" "[b]eneath the string of the east cross-wing gable end" — again, according to the listing text, although not visible here. Like nearby Park Lodge, this pleasant row was built for Sir Richard Biddulph Martin, the financier and Justice of the Peace whose seat was at Overbury Court. He was praised for "the great taste and judgement" with which much of the village was developed ("Parishes: Overbury"): the post office, for example, was a cottage enlarged and repurposed to the designs of Richard Norman Shaw. This particular row by Newton appears to have changed very little since the time it was first built.

Scan and formatting by George P. Landow; photographs and research material added by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit Philip Pankhurst for the recent photograph, or the University of Toronto and the Internet Archive for the scan, and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Related material


Academy Architecture and Architectural Review. Ed. Alexander Koch. London: Academy Architecture, 1911. No. 1568. Internet Archive copy from University of Toronto Libraries. Web. 19 May 2013.

"Dormay Cottages." Historic England. Web. 20 November 2018.

"Parishes: Overbury." A History of the County of Worcester: Volume 3 (London, 1913): 468-478. British History Online. Web. 20 November 2018.

Last modified 20 November 2018