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Municipal Buildings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Dorchester, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7156 / 50°42'56"N

Longitude: -2.4365 / 2°26'11"W

OS Eastings: 369282

OS Northings: 90759

OS Grid: SY692907

Mapcode National: GBR PY.RG3N

Mapcode Global: FRA 57S6.2LR

Entry Name: Municipal Buildings

Listing Date: 8 May 1975

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1110585

English Heritage Legacy ID: 104325

Location: Dorchester, West Dorset, Dorset, DT1

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Dorchester

Built-Up Area: Dorchester

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Dorchester and West Stafford

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

5191 (North Side)
SY 6990 7/228 Municipal Buildings

This property shall be upgraded to grade II*


(North Side)
Municipal Buildings
SY 6990 7/228
l847-8. Clock tower: l864 (at which time the original lantern on roof was removed).
Portal: 1876. Architect: Benjamin Ferrey. Builder: Samuel Slade. Former Town
Hall. Broadmayne brick, with ashlar limestone dressings (Bath above, Portland
below). Pitched tile roof with moulded ashlar gable coping and polygonal finials.
Moulded ashlar eaves cornice with crenellated parapet. 5 mullion and transom
windows with iron glazing bars on 1st floor. 4 pointed arches with hoodmoulds
on ground floor, originally an open market, now glazed. Central gabled portal
on colonettes with crocketed capitals, carrying relief of Borough Arms.
South west corner has oriel turret with chamfered corners taken on polygonal
clasping buttress and squinches with traceried panels: band of traceried panelling
at eaves Level: corbelled-out bulge at clocks' level: lead spire with sprocketed
eaves, half- hipped lucarnes and weather vane.
West elevation has 2 arches at ground floor level, and segmental 2 storey oriel
above with crenellated parapet, panelled centre section and fixed windows with
glazing bars.
2 storey extension in similar style to rear.
Its neo-Tudor detail and (especially on west front) its predominant verticals
resemble Clyffe Hall, Tincleton, more than Ferrey's other work in Dorset.
The Municipal Buildings and Nos 28 to 33 (consec) form a group.

Listing NGR: SY6928290759

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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