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Town Hall Extension

A Grade II* Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4786 / 53°28'42"N

Longitude: -2.2443 / 2°14'39"W

OS Eastings: 383885

OS Northings: 398012

OS Grid: SJ838980

Mapcode National: GBR DJJ.Q0

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.HTJM

Entry Name: Town Hall Extension

Listing Date: 3 October 1974

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197917

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388286

Location: Manchester, M2

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


698-1/27/220 (South side)
03/10/74 Town Hall Extension


Town hall extension. 1938, by Vincent Harris. Steel frame with
cladding of sandstone ashlar and steeply-pitched slate roof.
Large irregular plan with long concave south side. Eclectic
style with Gothic accent. Eight storeys and attic, the 7th and
8th storeys set back behind a parapet, with 29-window facade
to Lloyd Street (linked to Town Hall by bridge), 17-window
facade to St Peter's Square, and contrasting 5-bay facade to
Mount Street (see below). In all these facades the ground
floor is treated as a plinth with a continuous arcade of
simple round-headed openings and a chamfered coping; the upper
floors of those to Lloyd Street and St Peter's Square are
divided horizontally by a band over the 1st floor and a
parapet over the 5th floor, have small rectangular windows up
to that level and 2-light mullioned windows to the set-back
6th and 7th floors, and attic dormers with wooden
cross-windows and hipped roofs; and the last 5 bays of the
Lloyd Street facade are set back. The Mount Street facade, by
contrast, has 5 giant oriels from the 2nd to the 5th floors
(inclusive), all rising from a straight band carried on large
brackets at 1st floor, but the 2nd and 4th slightly set back,
and all filled with a continuous grid of mullion-and-transom
windows divided by a king mullion and 2 transoms into pairs of
8, 6 and 4 lights on successive levels. The gable ends of the
Mount Street and St Peter's Square wings have tall
stair-turrets with giant round-headed arches containing
elaborate geometrically traceried windows, over the head of
each arch a square-headed niche with a statue, and stepped
back top stages with bands. At the rear (towards the circular
Library building) the wings are linked by a curved 4-storey
range which has widely spaced round-headed arches and small

Listing NGR: SJ8388598012

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