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King Georges Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen

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Latitude: 53.7492 / 53°44'57"N

Longitude: -2.4861 / 2°29'9"W

OS Eastings: 368042

OS Northings: 428198

OS Grid: SD680281

Mapcode National: GBR CT22.KR

Mapcode Global: WH971.S1B4

Plus Code: 9C5VPGX7+MH

Entry Name: King Georges Hall

Listing Date: 12 April 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1223217

English Heritage Legacy ID: 418831

Location: Blackburn Central, Blackburn with Darwen, BB2

County: Blackburn with Darwen

Electoral Ward/Division: Wensley Fold

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

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The following buildings shall be added:-
796- /4/10019 (North side)
King George's Hall

Public halls, now halls and cafe. 1913-21, by Brigg, Wolstenholme and Thornley, slightly
altered. Sandstone ashlar, slate roof (concealed by parapet). Large rectangular plan on
north-south axis, on corner site at junction of Northgate with Blakey Moor. Classical style.
Three storeys and attic, 1:3:1 bays, symmetrical, with cavetto corners, the ground floor
forming a rustic and the two principal floors designed as a giant order; and the 3-bay centre
with a set-in loggia at ground floor and a set-in colonnade of 4 pairs of Corinthian columns
above; with a frieze and modillioned cornice carried round the whole, parapets to the outer
bays, and a blocking course to the centre (behind which is a taller parapet to the attic storey).
The ground floor has a plinth, boldly modelled channelled rustication, an arcade of 3
round-headed arches to the centre with run-out voussoirs, in each outer bay a round-headed
blank arch with cavetto reveal containing a square-headed doorway with a moulded
architrave and cornice, and a moulded cornice carried round. On the upper floors the centre
has 3 tall windows with corniced architraves, and bulls-eye windows above these with
carved surrounds, while the outer bays each have broad panelled giant pilasters framing a
window in an architrave of Tuscan semi-columns with triglyph entablature and mutule
cornice surmounted by a large aedicule with figure supporters emblematic of war (to the
right) and peace (to the left). The right-hand return facade (to Northgate), is a symmetrical
3:5:3 window composition: the centre has 3 large round-headed arches like those at the
front, flanked by segmental-headed windows with triple keystones, and at 1st floor 3 tall
windows with Tuscan architraves surmounted by putti supporting bulls-eye windows,
flanked by smaller windows with simpler architraves; the outer bays, breaking forwards
slightly, have segmental-headed windows set low at ground floor, with triple keystones, and
square windows above these, while the upper floors have giant Corinthian semi-columns
distyle in antis framing tall corniced windows at 1st floor and square windows above (but
that at the right-hand end now has a glazed link-bridge entering the centre window at 1st
floor). All these windows have margin panes. INTERIOR: very large main hall at 1st floor,
almost square, with 3-sided balcony projected from side aisles formed by large piers with
panelled pilasters and egg-and-dart cornices, and carried round south end; continuous
dentilled cornice to side walls, coving to segmental-arched ceiling; very large suspended
3-stage cylindrical glass lamps; stage at north end with fine full-width oak organ case in
Wren style presented by two aldermen in memory of their sons and other Blackburn sons
fallen of the World War 1914-18. Hall on lower floor recently altered by insertion of cafe
at balcony level. Forms group with Police Station and Magistrates Courts linked to north
end of Northgate facade (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SD6804228198

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