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Latitude: 51.8901 / 51°53'24"N
Longitude: 0.9 / 0°53'59"E
OS Eastings: 599655
OS Northings: 225257
OS Grid: TL996252
Mapcode National: GBR SN5.DCC
Mapcode Global: VHKFZ.KR4F
Plus Code: 9F32VVRX+2X
Entry Name: Former Hippodrome Theatre
Listing Date: 23 May 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1110907
English Heritage Legacy ID: 117277
Location: Castle, Colchester, Essex, CO1
Electoral Ward/Division: Castle
Built-Up Area: Colchester
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Colchester St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
1. HIGH STREET
Former Hippodrome Theatre
Theatre. 1905, by J W Start, architect, as the Grand Theatre, incorporating a recon-
struction of an 1889 theatre by Frank Matcham. Red brick with stone and stucco dressings.
Slated roofs. 3 storey with attic. Asymmetrical Edwardian Baroque facade. 4 equal
width easterly bays, one double width west bay. Ground floor altered c 1960. First
floor has one west bay window, 3 dentral pedimented windows, one east roundel. Second
floor has one segmental headed west window, 3 central round arch headed windows,
one east roundel. First floor brick pilaster divisions with stone rustication blocks,
second floor paried stone pilasters, each with entablature broken forward. Central
segmental pediment attic with 3 rounded openings and "Grand Theatre" lettering.
Interior: Nec-Rococo style decoration in gilt and painted plaster. First and second
floor galleries with bowed horse-shoe gallery front. First floor boxes on either
side of proscenium with piers and ogee headed arches, second floor round headed arches.
Flat proscenium and distinctive ceiling possibly by Hoffmann of Vienna has outer
ribbed shell section, inner shell with cartouche coat of arms with 2 reclining muses.
Included because of the importance of the surviving theatre auditorium and galleries.
Listing NGR: TL9965525257
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