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Employment Exchange

A Grade II Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4564 / 51°27'23"N

Longitude: -2.5934 / 2°35'36"W

OS Eastings: 358865

OS Northings: 173218

OS Grid: ST588732

Mapcode National: GBR C8J.FR

Mapcode Global: VH88N.0NBC

Entry Name: Employment Exchange

Listing Date: 30 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201956

English Heritage Legacy ID: 378835

Location: Bristol, BS1

County: City of 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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Listing Text


901-1/11/473 (South East side)
Employment Exchange


Labour exchange. 1931. Brick with Portland dressings, tiled
hipped roof. Wedge-shaped single-depth plan. Neo-Georgian
2 storeys. Banded rustication below a moulded plat band,
first-floor sill and second-floor string; brick frieze and a
deep cornice below the parapet. The entrance in the short
corner elevation is set back within a tall semicircular-arched
bay, the doorway has a moulded architrave with 5 large,
stepped, nodding voussoirs to an 8-panel 2-leaf door; above
the sill band is a lunette with glazing bars. 2 curved Pennant
steps up to the front of the archway, with small windows
either side above large stone plinths with cyma moulded tops.
The main Nelson Street elevation to the right has 12
semicircular-arched openings with rusticated voussoirs and
keys up to the band; 4 doorways, separated by pairs of
windows, have moulded stone entablatures, pilaster jambs and
semicircular overlight, 2-leaf doors with moulded panels.
Flat-arched first-floor windows and small attic windows
(reglazed 1992), separated by 2-storey semicircular-arched
recesses over the doorways with volute keys, first-floor
balconies and matching windows with pilaster jambs, fluted
entablatures with paterae and ashlar batswing fans above.
INTERIOR: glazed screen and door to entrance hall which has
semicircular arches either side and an open-well stair with
twisted steel balusters and a curtail step; remodelled offices
behind. An interesting use of an oddly-shaped site, with an
imposing entrance and good stone details, and a good example
in the inter-war classical tradition.

Listing NGR: ST5886573218

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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