Grand Houses

Photo:Westbury House

Westbury House

The house was built as part of the Page's Brewery site. It was called Daw's House in 1877.

Photo:Ratcliffe House, High Street

Ratcliffe House, High Street

Bult as a girls school in 1841 the brick face was added in 1878 when it was converted to a house.

Photo:Rear of Ratcliffe House

Rear of Ratcliffe House

Typical appearance of rendered clay bat walls

Photo:Cliff House, Kingsland Way

Cliff House, Kingsland Way

Built in 1873 in a former chalk pit

Larger Houses constructed of Clay Bats

By Peter Greener

Surprisingly the use of clay bats was not confined to houses of the lower social status and a few examples still survive in Ashwell.


Built as a school in 1841 Ratcliffe House by Baileys, the Ashwell building firm, whose account books provide us with the first documentary evidence of the use of clay bats in Ashwell.

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