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Wills Number 1 Factory

A Grade II Listed Building in Southville, Bristol

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Latitude: 51.443 / 51°26'34"N

Longitude: -2.5953 / 2°35'43"W

OS Eastings: 358722

OS Northings: 171724

OS Grid: ST587717

Mapcode National: GBR C8P.0K

Mapcode Global: VH88M.YZTP

Plus Code: 9C3VCCV3+6V

Entry Name: Wills Number 1 Factory

Listing Date: 6 June 1975

Last Amended: 30 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202215

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379548

Location: Southville, Bristol, BS3

County: Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Southville

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bedminster

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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ST315871 EAST STREET, Bedminster
901-1/45/379 (West side)
06/06/75 Wills No.1 Factory
(Formerly Listed as:
Entrance block of Wills No.1 Factory)


Offices, formerly tobacco factory. 1884 and c1886. By Sir
Frank Wills. Red Cattybrook brick, limestone and slate. Gothic
style. 3 storeys; 19-window range.
The front divides into 2 separate builds: to the right, 9-bay
arcade of tall lancet arches with linked hoods, below groups
of thin windows developed down from the corbel table of the
cornice and parapet. Within the arcades, a plinth of
weatherings beneath a pair of tall, shouldered windows with
chamfered jambs, a basketwork brick panel, and a pair of
first-floor lancet cross windows, with a quatrefoil panel in
the tympanum. The centre bay is a 4-storey square entrance
tower with a machicolated cornice, and a French pyramid roof
with gablet vents and an iron widow's walk. At the base of the
tower are 2 open lancet arches on round shafts with pedestals
and waterleaf capitals, engaged at the sides, with stopped
hoods above. First and second floors are set back within a
tall lancet-arched opening, forming a balcony with shaft
balusters. The first-floor windows are lancets on slender
shafts with waterleaf capitals, and above them an unmoulded
3-light window with heavy mullions and transom. The tower is
supported at the sides by shallow, weathered buttreses.
The slightly later left-hand range of 12 taller lancet bays is
tied in by the matching cornice and parapet, but the bays
extend up into the attic windows. Inside them, 2 storeys of
identical pairs of rectangular windows with slender shafts and
waterleaf capitals, separated by a basketwork panel, and a
large blind quatrefoil in the tympanum.
The factory behind was demolished in 1988, and rebuilt behind
the facade, and the ground floor was opened to form a covered
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 380; Winstone R: Bristol As It Was:
Bristol: 1962-: 418).

Listing NGR: ST5872271724

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