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The Donald Thomas Centre, with Forecourt Railings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Camborne, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2136 / 50°12'48"N

Longitude: -5.2995 / 5°17'58"W

OS Eastings: 164693

OS Northings: 40052

OS Grid: SW646400

Mapcode National: GBR FX93.THJ

Mapcode Global: VH12J.3W6N

Plus Code: 9C2P6P72+C5

Entry Name: The Donald Thomas Centre, with Forecourt Railings

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 12 September 1989

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1142652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 66573

Location: Camborne, Cornwall, TR14

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Camborne

Built-Up Area: Camborne

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Camborne and Tuckinghill

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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SW 64 SW
(west side)
The Donald Thomas Centre, with
1.12.51 forecourt railings (formerly listed
as The Literary Institute)


Literary Institute, now social centre. 1842, enlarged 1852; altered. Granite
ashlar, slate roof. T-plan formed by hall at right-angles to the street
flanked by small wings; plus later extensions to the rear. Greek Revival
style. All single storey, but the hall much taller, presenting a giant Doric
portico, distyle in antis, with triglyph frieze and mutule pediment,
protecting a central doorway with simple pedimented surround and 2 round-
headed windows with moulded architraves and keystones, and glazing with
coloured margin panes. The wings, at right-angles to the hall, each have
clasping corner pilasters, a sashed window with sill-band and shouldered
architrave (4- and 12-paned respectively), and entablature with simplified
triglyphs and guttae; their gable walls are pedimented, with a triglyph
frieze. Forecourt enclosed by simple spear railings with wrought-iron gates.
To the rear of the right-hand (north) wing is a former lecture hall, added
in 1852, which is stuccoed, with vermiculated quoins and surrounds to
openings, a tripartite window to the 1st portion, and a round-headed
doorway with a shallow porch, flanked by tall round-headed windows on a
high level. Interior altered. History: Camborne Literary Institute founded
in 1829, this building erected on site given by Richard Vivyan and formerly
occupied by 1st Methodist chapel in Camborne.

Listing NGR: SW6469340052

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