Survey Data

Reg No

21512058


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Historical Social


Original Use

Friary


In Use As

Friary


Date

1870 - 1890


Coordinates

157489, 157127


Date Recorded

03/06/2005


Date Updated

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Description

Attached four-bay three-storey friary building, built between 1876-86, but not finished until 1929, with a ten-bay three-storey elevation facing Bedford Row. An M-profile roof is hidden behind a parapet wall, and six limestone ashlar chimneystacks are visible from street level. Fa├žade elevations is faced in squared and coursed tooled limestone with limestone ashlar parapet entablature. Ruled and lined rendered side elevation. Ground floor distinguished by round-arched window openings. Square-headed to all other levels. Limestone ashlar lugged and kneed architraves to window opening above ground floor level with cornices and uPVC windows throughout. Recessed round-arched door opening with timber doorcase comprising leaded coloured glass sidelights over panelled timber bases and leaded coloured glass overlight.

Appraisal

Despite the loss of the original windows, the Franciscan friary retains its architectural massing and significance. The complex of friary with porticoed church is most successful and adds a classical statement to the vista of Henry Street.