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The Palm House

A Grade II Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.0454 / 54°2'43"N

Longitude: -2.7811 / 2°46'51"W

OS Eastings: 348951

OS Northings: 461326

OS Grid: SD489613

Mapcode National: GBR 9P0N.PL

Mapcode Global: WH847.7LX3

Entry Name: The Palm House

Listing Date: 18 February 1970

Last Amended: 13 March 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195061

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383353

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Town: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: John O'Gaunt

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/5/320 The Palm House
(Formerly Listed as:
Palm House in Williamson Park)


Palm house, now butterfly house. c1909, damaged by fire 1949
and restored c1985. By Belcher and Joass. Brick on sandstone
plinth, with timber and metal glazing bars, and painted render
and timber columns and entablature. Rectangular plan, with a
convex hipped glass roof.
West facade symmetrical, with rusticated brick end piers, and
3 bays to each side of an open semicircular porch of 6 Tuscan
columns. The bays are separated by similar columns and contain
windows with glazing bars. The Doric entablature has urns
above each column. An attic, above the main cornice and below
the glazed roof, has circular glazed openings in each bay,
separated by pilasters, and a central Diocletian window.
Within the porch the front wall has 3 tall glazed openings,
the central one wider and containing the double doors, which
project forwards under a segmental pediment. Both return walls
are of 5 bays, with similar columns and entablature.
HISTORY: the Palm House was one of the improvements to
Williamson Park which Lord Ashton offered to pay for in 1904.
It stands opposite the entrance to the Ashton Memorial (qv),
which formed the main element of the scheme and which was
opened in 1909.
(Ashworth S: The Lino King: York: 1989-).

Listing NGR: SD4895161326

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