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Central Plaza Hotel and Stable Range, with the West City Walls Behind

A Grade II Listed Building in Carlisle, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.8924 / 54°53'32"N

Longitude: -2.9357 / 2°56'8"W

OS Eastings: 340079

OS Northings: 555693

OS Grid: NY400556

Mapcode National: GBR 7CYW.60

Mapcode Global: WH802.W968

Plus Code: 9C6VV3R7+WP

Entry Name: Central Plaza Hotel and Stable Range, with the West City Walls Behind

Listing Date: 11 April 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197141

English Heritage Legacy ID: 386890

Location: Cathedral and Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3

County: Cumbria

Electoral Ward/Division: Currock

Built-Up Area: Carlisle

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Carlisle St Cuthbert with St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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671-1/12/289 (North side)
Central Plaza Hotel and stable
range, with the west city walls


Hotel built as the Great Central Hotel (nothing to do with the
railway company of that name) later called the Central Hotel.
Dated 1880 on panel, for John Westmorland, by Daniel Birkett
of Carlisle; 1882 additions.
MATERIALS: the lower levels are of red sandstone ashlar; the
upper floors of quarry-faced calciferous sandstone (from
Lazonby); tiers of interval rusticated and fluted Corinthian
pilasters; sill bands and sub-cornices; the dressings are
generally of red sandstone to contrast with the yellow
sandstone. Mansard slate roof with patterned cast-iron
railings to the apex; tall prominent end brick chimney stacks.
Rear extensions are of brick the upper floors of white brick
with red brick dressings; stable range has partly-stuccoed
brick walls.
EXTERIOR: 6 and a half storeys, 3 bays with 3-bay returns,
built at low level on Backhouse Walk outside the West Walls
and extends back along city walls; main facade faces onto the
higher-level Victoria Viaduct and its right return is on the
higher West Walls, so entry is at second floor level.
Victoria Viaduct facade has central double panelled doors and
fanlight, up steps, in rounded moulded arch with keystone
feature (glass canopy added 1990); flanking bowed bay windows
carried down to level beneath, with pavement grilles.
Patterned cast-iron balcony above was added in 1882 and is
carried round the right return. Left doorway under pediment
gives access to lower level. Windows above balcony are
Venetian flanking a round-arched window. All windows above are
casements in stone reveals with flat lintels. Above the
cornice is a central 2-storey dormer under segmental pediment,
flanked by single dormers with swan-necked pediments.
Returns are of similar details to the facade but without
window embellishments. Panels on West Walls give the city arms
and date, other panels portray events from Aesop's Fables.
INTERIOR not inspected.
Extensions have sash windows in brick reveals with rounded and
segmental red brick arches; bands of dentilled red brickwork
in white brick of upper levels. Gabled roof dormers. Stable
range has open arches onto Backhouse Walk showing the City
Wall behind, the wall fronting onto West Walls is built on top
of the walls; this part of the building included only to
protect the city walls behind.
For further details see thesis in Carlisle Library by Nicholas
Gill "Four Carlisle Hotels", 1982.

Listing NGR: NY4007955693

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