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Old Post Office

A Grade I Listed Building in Bristol, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4544 / 51°27'15"N

Longitude: -2.5939 / 2°35'38"W

OS Eastings: 358830

OS Northings: 172990

OS Grid: ST588729

Mapcode National: GBR C8K.BH

Mapcode Global: VH88N.0P2X

Plus Code: 9C3VFC34+QC

Entry Name: Old Post Office

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1187390

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379376

Location: Central, Bristol, BS1

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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901-1/16/569 (South West side)
08/01/59 No.48
Old Post Office
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Nos.46 AND 56
Exchange Buildings)


Post office, now offices. 1746, part rebuilt as facsimile
1993. By Samuel Glascodine. Limestone ashlar with lateral
ashlar stacks, roof not visible. Open plan with central
stairwell. Palladian style. 3 storeys and attic; 3-window
range. A symmetrical front has a pedimented centre set
forward, plinth, impost band, plat band, rusticated quoins
above to an entablature with cornice and parapet. Ground-floor
semicircular arches with moulded archivolts and keys, C20
glazing and central glazed double doors. Upper windows have
architraves, sill blocks, pediments to the first floor, and
horned 6/6-pane and 3/6-pane sashes; wide dormer. The
left-hand return is a 11-window range: right-hand 3-window
range as the front, with OLD POST OFFICE inscribed in the plat
band; to the right 4:1:3 windows, with a raised entrance
section set back containing a tall doorway with Gibbs
surround, a pedimented first-floor window and a
semicircular-arched second-floor window beneath a cartouche
with festoon. Each side are windows as the front. INTERIOR:
largely remodelled late C20; the side doorway leads to an
open-well stair, with cast-iron stick balusters and column
newels, and a ramped moulded rail. Designed to compliment the
Exhange (qv), and a balancing pair with No.56 (qv).
(Ison W: The Georgian Buildings of Bristol: Bath: 1952-: 108;
Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 149; The Buildings of England:
Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 416).

Listing NGR: ST5883072990

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