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The Guildhall

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7976 / 50°47'51"N

Longitude: -1.0928 / 1°5'34"W

OS Eastings: 464028

OS Northings: 100178

OS Grid: SU640001

Mapcode National: GBR VQR.PW

Mapcode Global: FRA 86LZ.Q26

Plus Code: 9C2WQWX4+3V

Entry Name: The Guildhall

Listing Date: 25 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104316

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474683

Location: Portsmouth, PO1

County: Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Charles Dickens

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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Guildhall. 1886-90. By William Hill of Leeds, reconstructed
after Second World War bomb damage 1955-59. Ashlar stone. Flat
lead roofs. Massive Italianate Classical style.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, high basement and attic. 17 bays. (End
bays and each of the 2 bays flanking centre are blind). At
centre is a giant hexastyle Corinthian portico, entablature
with modillioned cornice and pediment with sculptured tympanum
crowned with statue of Neptune set on acroterion, ante-fixae
at each side with surmounted sculptured figure. Flanking
portico is a pedestal, each with couchant lion. Grand splayed
central staircase rising 32 steps to column bases then 5 steps
approach main entrance. Large 2-leaf door, each leaf with 10
moulded panels set under stone frieze, wide flanking Doric
pilasters each with sculptured shaft, frieze and cornice. Over
on first floor is a round-headed casement, recessed behind
balustrade, with leaded lights set under round stone arch with
similar flanking Doric pilasters.
On left and right of entrance is a projecting wing, each
flanked by a giant Corinthian pilaster, and each face has an
incised panel with floating frieze and cornice. At roof level
on each side of the portico is a cupola with, on each face, a
round-arched opening with keystone and moulded imposts,
flanking Ionic pilasters, entablature with dentilled cornice,
stone dome with swept top. At centre and to rear of cupolas is
a 3-tier tower with horizontal rusticated base, cornice with
swag below. Middle bell stage has on each side a round-arched
opening with curved reveals set behind a balustrade, moulded
round stone arch, keystone and moulded imposts; paired
Corinthian pilasters at each corner, entablature with
modillioned cornice. Top stage has balustrade with corner open
columned turrets, clock face on each side with pediment,
parapet with recessed corners crowned by mid-C20 flat topped
octagonal storey (replacing the original dome and cupola).
On the left and right of the portico is a horizontal
rusticated high basement each with two 8-panelled 2-leaf doors
with 12-pane overlight and two 24-pane metal casements each
set under heavy moulded cornice. Giant Corinthian columns
tetrastyle in antis running through ground and first floors,
entablature with modillioned cornice, balustraded parapet. To
facade behind columns are 5 metal casements running integral

through ground and first floors; each casement has 2 square
panes top and bottom and 2 long centre panes. At each end is a
blind projecting bay with giant Corinthian clasping pilasters,
each face with an incised panel and floating frieze and
cornice. At roof level recessed behind each corner is a mid
C20 square structure (replacing the original cupola).
To left and right return each facade 13 bays wide is similar
except that the first floor casements are each set under a
round arch and central 7 bays project with giant Corinthian
The INTERIOR and rear elevation were completely rebuilt mid
(Balfour A: Portsmouth: Highgate Hill, London: 1970-: 59, 60;
Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs:
Portsmouth: 1974-: 106; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N &
Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth:
1967-: 445).

Listing NGR: SU6402800165

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