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The Cotton Exchange

A Grade II Listed Building in Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen

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Latitude: 53.75 / 53°45'0"N

Longitude: -2.4851 / 2°29'6"W

OS Eastings: 368110

OS Northings: 428290

OS Grid: SD681282

Mapcode National: GBR CT22.SG

Mapcode Global: WH971.S0TH

Plus Code: 9C5VQG27+2X

Entry Name: The Cotton Exchange

Listing Date: 2 September 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1222896

English Heritage Legacy ID: 418383

Also known as: Apollo 5 Cinemas
Cotton Exchange Hall
Majestic Cinema
Unit Four Cinemas 5-7
Exchange Picture Hall

ID on this website: 101222896

Location: Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, BB1

County: Blackburn with Darwen

Electoral Ward/Division: Shear Brow

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Blackburn

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin and St Paul Blackburn

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

Tagged with: Cinema

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SD 62 NE

The Cotton Exchange

(Formerly listed as Unit 4 Cinema (formerly the Cotton Exchange))

Former Cotton Exchange, later a cinema. 1862-5 by Brakespear of Manchester.
Coursed ashlar with slate roofs. High Victorian Gothic, the design
is incomplete as one wing and the central tower were never built so
the plan is asymmetrical; an octagonal entrance, which was to form
the base of the tower and the northern wing only were constructed.
The twin pointed entrances,in the frontal angle of the 2-storey octagon,
have elaborately carved foliated cusping to the 2-light trefoliated
heads and quatrefoil tracery, set in splayed, perpendicular, traceried,
panelled reveals to the moulded pointed porch, each bay distinguished
by an octagonal plinthed buttress with crenellated apex ogee finial.
A continuous moulded string course divides the 1st from the 2nd storey,
each face of which contains a 3-light perpendicular traceried pointed
opening with hood mould and off-set buttress between each face. The
crenellated parapet is canted on a bossed, coved moulded cornice with
gargoyles to the angles and the octagonal roof has bands of fish-scale
shaped tiles with a flag pole at the apex. The north elevation is
of 2 storeys and 9 bays. Bays 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 have deeply-set square
headed moulded reveals to what were originally shop doors, now glazed
in the 1st storey beneath. 2-light, square-headed cusped and traceried
cross windows alternating with canted bay windows in bays 2, 4, 6,
8, plain below and 6-light square-headed traceried and cusped transomed
and mullioned above. There is a bossed, coved and moulded continuous
hoodmould with gargoyles at the cant points of the bay windows to
a plain, 5-course upper wall crenellated parapet. The north wing
is linked to the octagon entrance by an angled 2-storey bay, the upper
storey fenestrated with a 6-light square-headed, traceried, transomed,
mullioned and cusped window. The interior has been extensively altered
to accommodate 3 cinemas and has not been inspected. Charles Dickens
gave his last public reading here.

Listing NGR: SD6811028290

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