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Latitude: 50.6065 / 50°36'23"N
Longitude: -2.4588 / 2°27'31"W
OS Eastings: 367631
OS Northings: 78632
OS Grid: SY676786
Mapcode National: GBR PY.DN2R
Mapcode Global: FRA 57QG.KXH
Entry Name: Old Town Hall with Railings
Listing Date: 12 December 1953
Last Amended: 22 December 1997
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1141923
English Heritage Legacy ID: 467644
Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, DT4
District: Weymouth and Portland
Town: Weymouth and Portland
Electoral Ward/Division: Weymouth East
Built-Up Area: Weymouth
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Weymouth Holy Trinity
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
SY6778NE HIGH STREET
873-1/23/180 (South side)
12/12/53 Old Town Hall, with railings
(Formerly Listed as:
Weymouth Old Town Hall)
Former town hall, now meeting rooms. c1774, extensively
restored and altered 1896. Portland stone, some ashlar, mainly
squared and coursed, tile roof.
EXTERIOR: a 2-storey structure set into the slope to the S in
Chapelhay Street, with small bell turret and porch to the W.
The broad-gabled W front, with saddle-back coping, is set back
from the small square porch/turret with saddle roof to a
pediment over arched bell opening. Below this a 2-light window
is covered by an added clock face, above a plank door in an
arched opening with chamfered surround and keystone. The door
is on 4 stone steps.
The High Street front is in 2 storeys, with 1+3 three-light
chamfered stone mullion and transom windows at each level,
with cast-iron 24-pane casements under a drip-mould,
continuous to the 3 to the right, and sill band at first
floor. In bay 2 is a pair of plank doors to a 4-centred head,
above which is a plaque with a castle and crenellations plus a
coat of arms. Cast-iron gutters.
The S side has plain walling, behind railings, but near the E
end is a haunched gabled face dormer with a 3-light casement
with diagonal panes, and a lofty eaves stack. Over the main W
door is a panel inscribed: 'This town hall being restored AD
1896 Sir Henry Edwards presented the above clock to the
inhabitants of the borough'.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: in front of the building is a triangular
forecourt with cast-iron railings to each side, those to the
right raised on a retaining wall to Chapelhay Street, in 7
bays with fluted standards to cappings and bands at 2 levels
to diagonal rails. This forecourt is approached by 3 stone
HISTORICAL NOTE: there was a town hall here from the C16, and
Buckler's sketch of 1790 shows ogee-headed windows (RCHME); a
print in the NMR shows the S side with 2 dormers and 2 stacks.
(RCHME: Dorset, South-East: London: 1970-: 339).
Listing NGR: SY6763178632
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