Survey Data

Reg No

20512498


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic


Original Use

Office


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1880 - 1900


Coordinates

167836, 72216


Date Recorded

27/09/1995


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced seventeen-bay four-storey commercial building, built c. 1890, now in use as restaurants, retail outlets and hostel. Comprising of eleven-bays to main central block, flanked by gabled breakfront three-bay blocks to east and west. Central block comprising of gabled central bay, flanked by four-bays, with integral carriage arches and projecting oriels to end bays. Pitched slate roofs with rendered chimneystacks and having spires to turrets with fish scale patterned slates. Red brick walls with limestone dressings to ground floor colonnade, carved eaves cornice, string courses, and continuous sills. Round-headed windows openings to first floor and square-headed openings to upper floor, having timber sash windows. Fixed timber windows and timber glazed doors to ground floor. Pairs of cast-iron gates and stone cobbles to integral carriage arches.

Appraisal

This imposing building, with the gabled breakfront central bay, projecting oriel windows and gable-fronted end bays, is of apparent architectural design. Original designed by Robert Walker, he was later replaced by Arthur Hill. This building retains many interesting features and materials, such as the timber sash windows, cast-iron gates, fish scale pattern slate, and some original timber glazed doors . The variety of materials utilised in it's construction, such as the red brick, grey limestone and cast-iron balconettes add colour and textural interest to the building and the streetscape.