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Municipal Buildings Concert Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4569 / 51°27'24"N

Longitude: -0.9697 / 0°58'11"W

OS Eastings: 471678

OS Northings: 173609

OS Grid: SU716736

Mapcode National: GBR QMF.85

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.4MPZ

Entry Name: Municipal Buildings Concert Hall

Listing Date: 24 July 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113401

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38764

Location: Reading, RG1

County: Reading

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey

Built-Up Area: Reading

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Reading St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

Municipal Buildings
Concert Hall
SU 7173 NE 1/351 24.7.74.
1879-1882. Designed by Thomas Lainson. Gothic style continuing that of the
Waterhouse block (qv) in a bolder way. 3 1/2 storeys to front. Dark blue brick
with deep red brick and terracotta dressings. Tiled roofs. Sandstone footing.
Terracotta band over 1st floor, perhaps, like Museum block, intended to be
curved. Front articulated by triangular section buttresses between 2 and 4
bays, with finials and pierced parapet; and by an asymmetric gabled entrance
break with polygonal angle buttresses, pinnacles and poppy head saddlestone,
and with large pointed entrance of 4 orders to gable with oriel over. 2 and
4 hipped dormers. 2 light transomed windows, pointed with oculi on 2nd floor,
segmental with shouldered and joggled lintels on 1st floor, segmental on ground
floor. Interior: the most notable feature of the interior is the famous Father
Willis organ with its fine Baroque case, designed by Lainson when it was brought
here from the Small Town Hall. The concert hall is reached up-stairs from
Blagrave Street. Lush Italianate decoration of composite pilasters and deep
glazed cove to compartmented ceiling. Horshoe-shaped gallery reached by 2

Listing NGR: SU7167873609

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