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Great Western Arcade

A Grade II Listed Building in Ladywood, Birmingham

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Latitude: 52.4817 / 52°28'54"N

Longitude: -1.8972 / 1°53'49"W

OS Eastings: 407078

OS Northings: 287094

OS Grid: SP070870

Mapcode National: GBR 618.A7

Mapcode Global: VH9YX.2WDC

Entry Name: Great Western Arcade

Listing Date: 8 July 1982

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1211434

English Heritage Legacy ID: 217163

Location: Birmingham, B2

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Ladywood

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Cathedral Church of St Philip Birmingham

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Listing Text

City Centre B2
Great Western Arcade
SP 0787 SW 30/7
1875-6, by W H Ward. Stone. Three storeys; 4 bays, the outer 2 narrow, the third
containing the entrance to the arcade proper. Ground floor with modern shops and an
inserted mezzanine floor above, where the tops of the coupled Corinthianesque
columns appear. They carry a b road entablature with dentilled cornice. First
floor with coupled columns to boldly bracketted cornice, a window with columns to
entablature with guilloche decoration and pediment, a tripartite sash window, the
richly moulded arch to the arcade proper with allegorical figures in the spandrels
and, finally, another window like the first. Second floor with a single window 2
triplets and another single window with vertical floriated panels between them. First
and second floor windows with banding in the Mannerist style. Within the arcade,
a large 'triumphal arch', the central arch the entrance to the arcade, the outer bays
represented, on the ground floor by the shops and, on the upper floor, by the balcony
above them. The shops are left and right with iron railings over serving as balcony
to the set-back first floor whose arched windows in moulded surrounds are separated
by pilasters and grouped in threes by larger panelled pilasters to entablature with
bold cornice. Glazed roof. Part way down the arcade, the evenness of the rhythm is
broken by large bows left and right. The Colmore flow end of the arcade entirely
altered and of no interest.

Listing NGR: SP0707887094

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

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