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Latitude: 51.5256 / 51°31'31"N
Longitude: -0.2063 / 0°12'22"W
OS Eastings: 524529
OS Northings: 182262
OS Grid: TQ245822
Mapcode National: GBR C7.LMR
Mapcode Global: VHGQR.CXSD
Entry Name: Cobden Working Men's Club
Listing Date: 9 May 1995
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1235335
English Heritage Legacy ID: 425997
Location: Kensington and Chelsea, London, W10
District: Kensington and Chelsea
Electoral Ward/Division: Golborne
Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: St Thomas Kensal Road
Church of England Diocese: London
The following building shall be added to the list:-
TQ 2482 SE KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA
249-/7/10034 Nos. 170 and 172 Cobden
Working Men's Club
Working Men's Club. 1880 by Pennington and Brigden. Grey brick with red brick dressings
and ground floor, on Portland stone plinth. Three storeys high, with staircase set either side
of bars on two lower floors, with double-height theatre above extending into projecting gable.
Asymmetrical composition of regular three-bay centre, with single window for door and
staircase to either side, and a narrow two-bay extension to left over carriageway and
containing manager's accommodation. Metal casements to upper windows, those to theatre
with round-arched tracery and to staircases with margin lights containing coloured glass;
arched windows to ground floor with toplights. C20 doors under rounded openings with
gauged brickwork and toplights. Parapet and gable with stone arcaded edging. Band over first
floor inscribed 'COBDEN WORKING MEN'S CLUB AND INSTITUTE'.
Interior has turned baluster staircases to either side of public rooms for full height of
building. Ground floor bar retains original fireplace and surround, with cast-iron columns
and cornices hidden false ceiling. First floor has similar columns and corniced boxed in and
obscured. Second floor theatre of five bays, with female heads supporting each timber truss.
Stage at north end in panelled surround. Side walls arcaded, with pairs of double doors with
coloured margin lights at either side. Contemporary pay box or bat at eastern entrance.
Included as the earliest known surviving purpose-built working men's club, retaining many
original features, particularly in having a contemporary theatre or song room on its upper
Listing NGR: TQ2452982262
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