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Dunalley Street Primary School

A Grade II Listed Building in St Paul's, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9049 / 51°54'17"N

Longitude: -2.0761 / 2°4'33"W

OS Eastings: 394863

OS Northings: 222934

OS Grid: SO948229

Mapcode National: GBR 2M4.HYB

Mapcode Global: VH947.YDT1

Plus Code: 9C3VWW3F+XH

Entry Name: Dunalley Street Primary School

Listing Date: 26 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104287

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474603

Location: St. Paul's, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: St Paul's

Built-Up Area: Cheltenham

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Cheltenham St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Dunalley Street Primary School


Primary school. Designed 1857 by Henry Dangerfield, Borough
Surveyor. Red brick with black engineering brick patterns and
limestone ashlar dressings, also with wall and corner
buttresses; stone-coped gabled Welsh slate roof.
PLAN: planned with east-west range having gable facing onto
Dunalley Street and slightly lower block extending north and
facing Dunalley Street with two ranges at right angles
extending westwards to the rear of this block.
Tudor Gothic style.
EXTERIOR: east elevation facing Dunalley Street has gable end
of east-west range to south end: this has 5-light transomed
full-height Middle Gothic window above scrolled plaque with
school's name, flanked by diaper work and surmounted by
banding framing arch; the lower right-hand range has full
height transomed windows set in parapeted wall breaking eaves
course. Away from Dunalley Street, the left-hand (south)
elevation to the main gabled range has tall segmental-arched
windows in wall which similarly breaks eaves line, and the
right-hand (north) elevation has two Gothic dormers, one to
left altered by inserted C20 window above mid C20 porch.
INTERIOR: glazing-bar windows and matchboard partitions serve
as dividers between classrooms. Roof, originally open to view,
is supported on C13 Gothic-style naturalistic corbels and its
principal elements are composed of glued laminated timbers,
through-bolted in order to provide additional strength. It has
arched braces supporting tie-beam, with decorative cast-iron
spandrels, surmounted by king post with curved braces to
principal rafters.
HISTORICAL NOTE: this building was opened as the British
School in February 1859, and presents an architecturally
accomplished elevation to Dunalley Street. It is remarkable in
its national context for the rare use of glued laminated
timber for the 1850s, a period of significant experimentation
in the use of constructional techniques, and especially their
application to wide-span roofs.
(Journal of the Institute of Wood Studies: Booth LG: The
Development of Laminated Timber Arch Structures in early C19:
Vol 5 (No.5): July 1971; Drawings at Gloucestershire County
Records Office; Cheltenham Looker-On: 12.02.1859).

Listing NGR: SO9486122940

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