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Old Town Hall with Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Weymouth, Dorset

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141923

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467644

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, DT4

County: Dorset

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

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Listing Text


WEYMOUTH

SY6778NE HIGH STREET
873-1/23/180 (South side)
12/12/53 Old Town Hall, with railings
(Formerly Listed as:
HIGH STREET
Weymouth Old Town Hall)

GV II

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
steps.
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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