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Latitude: 53.7435 / 53°44'36"N
Longitude: -0.3329 / 0°19'58"W
OS Eastings: 510044
OS Northings: 428742
OS Grid: TA100287
Mapcode National: GBR GPP.BG
Mapcode Global: WHGFR.V5NJ
Entry Name: Exchange Buildings
Listing Date: 12 November 1973
Last Amended: 21 January 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1218076
English Heritage Legacy ID: 387667
Location: Kingston upon Hull, HU1
County: City of Kingston upon Hull
Electoral Ward/Division: Myton
Built-Up Area: Kingston upon Hull
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Hull (Lowgate) St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: York
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 27/03/2013
KINGSTON UPON HULL
LOWGATE (West side)
(Formerly Listed as The Exchange, and later listed as Lowgate Courthouse)
Former public exchange, later courts. 1866, by William
Botterill. Converted to courthouse1980-81 by Fisher, Hollingsworth &
Partners. Ashlar ground floor and yellow brick upper floors,
with ashlar dressings and gabled and hipped slate roof. Single
ridge and single gable coped and modillioned brick stacks and
2 corniced ashlar side wall stacks. Italianate style.
Channelled rusticated ground floor with vermiculated plinth,
ground floor cornice, second floor sill band, elaborate
modillion eaves. Windows are plain sashes. 3 storeys plus
basement; 13x7 windows, with inset rounded corner.
Corner entrance bay has double Corinthian pilasters, heavily
rusticated on the ground floor and with quoins on the first
floor. Tripartite first floor window divided by engaged
Corinthian columns and flanked by Corinthian pilasters.
Cornice with segmental pediment to projecting centre. Above,
tripartite window with Corinthian pilasters and moulded
segmental heads with mask keystones. Above the main cornice, a
sculptured figure of Britannia. Below, a rusticated
round-headed doorway flanked by rusticated pilasters, with an
enriched frieze and mask keystone. Double doors with shaped
moulded panels and internal stone steps to curved double
Left return, to Bowlalley Lane, has round-arched first-floor
windows with with linked heads and moulded keystones, arranged
2:1:2:2:1:2:2:1. The paired windows have central Corinthian
pilasters. Second floor, articulated by squat pilasters, has
similar fenestration with smaller segment-headed windows.
Ground floor, articulated by rusticated pilasters, has an
off-centre round-arched main doorway with half-glazed double
door, overlight and sidelights, flanked by 2 segment-headed
tripartite windows with keystones. Beyond, to left, a single
doorway, then another tripartite window. To right, a smaller
rusticated round-headed doorway with moulded 4-panel door and
fanlight. Below, to left, 4 barred basement openings and to
right, 2 paired segment-headed openings with keystones.
Right return, to Lowgate, has similar fenestration arranged
1:2:1:2:1. Ground floor has 3 rusticated round-headed doorways
alternating with 2 tripartite windows, and 4 segment-headed
INTERIOR: main hall has coved ceiling with coffered panels and
drops and a partly glazed barrel vault, 5 bays, with coffered
panels and tympana, and ribs with guilloche bands. Walls have
round-headed moulded panels separated by pilasters. 2 curved
double doors with coats of arms above, and 2 doors at the west
end with cornices. South side has a central pair of doors with
eared architraves and cornices with crests, and and to left, a
single door with cornice. North side has 5 etched glass
windows with fanlights. Bowlalley Lane entrance leads to a
stone cantilevered dogleg staircase with cast-iron balustrade
and wooden handrail. Marble panelled lower flight leads to
glazed double doors into former basement clubroom.
As well as a shipping exchange, this building also housed a
newsroom, offices, a telegraph company, and a club and
refreshment room in the basement. It was a comprehensive
centre for Hull's commercial life.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Yorkshire; York and the East
Riding: London: 1972-: 277; Anon: Lowgate Courthouse (handbill
provided at courthouse): Hull: 1981-).
Listing NGR: TA1004428742
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