Oak House, Monmouth
Oak House, Monmouth
|Address||6 Monk Street|
|Town or city||Monmouth|
|Current tenants||British Telecom|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||George Vaughan Maddox|
|Designations||Type II Listed Building, since 15 August 1974|
On the 1881 census the head of Oak House was a George Willis, Magistrate Of Borough & County of Monmouth and a General Practitioner L.R.C.S. M.D. Glasgow. He was born in Ireland in about 1829 and was still occupying the house in the 1891 census listed as a Doctor Of Medicine and Magistrate. He died 15 September 1898. His obituary in The Morning Post newspaper said he had been Mayor of Monmouth three times and was a founder of Monmouth Hospital.  Lloyd Grant Smith another medical practitioner was listed in the 1901 and 1911 Census as head of the household. He was born about 1860 in Birkenhead, Cheshire. Alice Smith was his Wife and was born about 1868. The 1911 census information included the house had thirteen rooms (1911 Census excluding rooms: Scullery, Landing, Lobby, Closet Bathroom, Warehouse, Office and Shop).  
The garden and house became home to Monmouth's Telephone Exchange in 1902 when thanks to the intervention of J. A. Rolls the treasury granted money for Monmouth's new telephone exchange. Keith Kissack in his book Monmouth and its Buildings remarking about the telephone exchange said that 'some dreadful buildings replacing the garden'. 
Plans were made in 2010 and work was due to start in 2011 to restore the building into a single-family dwelling house including the demolition of the attached redundant modern telephone exchange building by the end of 2012. This includes renovation repair, alterations of the existing listed building to form a four-bedroom house and new building extension of a single-storey service wing and orangey with a two-storey garage/studio. Also the re-instatement of the domestic garden
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