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Borough Social Services Area Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Hendon, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.9065 / 54°54'23"N

Longitude: -1.3802 / 1°22'48"W

OS Eastings: 439841

OS Northings: 557035

OS Grid: NZ398570

Mapcode National: GBR VCY.W0

Mapcode Global: WHD55.RYZ0

Plus Code: 9C6WWJ49+HW

Entry Name: Borough Social Services Area Office

Listing Date: 17 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1217980

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391584

Location: Sunderland, SR1

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Hendon

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Hendon

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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920-1/18/209 (South side)
Borough Social Services Area Office


Formerly known as: River Wear Commission Offices ST THOMAS'
River Wear Commissioners' offices, now Borough Social
Services' Area office. 1907. By John Hall. Scottish red
granite, rock-faced basement and polished doorcase; Durham
sandstone ashlar. Slate roof. Free Baroque style.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and basement, 7 windows. Basement windows
in outer bays. Ground floor has banded rustication. Central
bay has wrought-iron gates to internal steps up to double
panelled door. Rusticated entrance surround has open segmental
pediment hood on Tuscan pilasters and big scroll brackets; big
key cartouche with carved pair of dividers. 2-storey oriel
above has top segmental pediment. Outer pairs of bays project
under open segmental pediments. Windows with vertical glazing
bars in double-keyed architraves except basement triple keys.
Roof parapet has raised bracketed panels over outer pediments.
Right return to John Street 2:2:2 bays in similar style.
INTERIOR: partly inspected. Alabaster and marble archway from
entrance to oak-panelled hall and stair-well with oak columns,
Tuscan on ground floor and Ionic above, with moulded
entablatures. Open-well stair and gallery with ramped wide
grip handrail on turned balusters; close string with
laurel-wreath pulvinated frieze. Panelled doors on both levels
have architrave surrounds with pulvinated frieze and cornice.
First-floor board room has moulded panels with raised fields,
pilasters with carved swags, carved entablature,
bolection-moulded marble fire surrounds, segmental-arched
ceiling with bands of rich stucco decoration.
A building which represents the considerable history of the
management of the Wear. The Commission was set up in 1717.
(Corfe T: The Buildings of Sunderland 1814-1914: Newcastle
upon Tyne: 1983-: 31; Corfe T: Sunderland A Short History:
Newcastle upon Tyne: 1973-: 49,50; Milburn GE and Miller ST:
Sundrland River, Town and People: Sunderland: 1988-: 158, 167
NOTE 32).

Listing NGR: NZ3984157035

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