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The Former Mercantile Marine Offices

A Grade II Listed Building in South Shields, South Tyneside

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Latitude: 54.995 / 54°59'42"N

Longitude: -1.4409 / 1°26'27"W

OS Eastings: 435870

OS Northings: 566858

OS Grid: NZ358668

Mapcode National: GBR LBCP.V7

Mapcode Global: WHD4R.VQ23

Plus Code: 9C6WXHW5+2M

Entry Name: The Former Mercantile Marine Offices

Listing Date: 25 January 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1232273

English Heritage Legacy ID: 407502

Also known as: The Customs House
Customs House
Mercantile Marine Offices

ID on this website: 101232273

Location: Mill Dam, South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, NE33

County: South Tyneside

Electoral Ward/Division: Beacon and Bents

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: South Shields

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Rekendyke

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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The Former Mercantile Marine
NZ 3566 NE 7/49 25.1.78


1863-64. T M Clemence architect and borough surveyor.
1878 addition at rear. J H Morton architect.
White bricks and ashlar. Two storeys, 3 bays square. An imposing public building
in the Renaissance style.
Front elevation: ground floor entrance wall recessed behind an open rusticated
arcade of 3 segmental arches on rectangular piers. There is a narrower arch on the
sides. First floor has pairs of Corinthian columns framing the 3 ground semi-circular
headed windows. Then an entablature with widely spaced heavy brackets and a crowing
parapet. Over the centre bay a triangular pediment with sculptured coats of arms.
The 3 windows to the side elevation at first floor have architraves and triangular
The first floor is taller than the ground floor which is the "classical" basement
for the order.
The later addition to the south continues the same style and details.
The coats of arms in the pediment are by Thos William Rowe, sculptor.
This was originally the Customs House built just before South Shields was declared
a separate customs port in 1865.
The addition of 1878 was built to house the offices of the local Marine Board.

Listing NGR: NZ3587066858

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