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County Hall (Offices of West Yorkshire County Council)

A Grade I Listed Building in Wakefield North, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.6845 / 53°41'4"N

Longitude: -1.5025 / 1°30'8"W

OS Eastings: 432955

OS Northings: 421008

OS Grid: SE329210

Mapcode National: GBR KTYT.JY

Mapcode Global: WHC9Z.WNQ7

Plus Code: 9C5WMFMX+R2

Entry Name: County Hall (Offices of West Yorkshire County Council)

Listing Date: 30 March 1971

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1242349

English Heritage Legacy ID: 441722

Location: Wakefield, WF1

County: Wakefield

Electoral Ward/Division: Wakefield North

Built-Up Area: Wakefield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Wakefield St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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5115 (South West Side)
County Hall
(offices of West
Yorkshire County Council)
(formerly listed under
Wood Street).
SE 3220 NE 1/90
SE 522l 3/90 30.3.71.

1894-98 by Gibson and Russell with additions of 1912 and 1915. Large, imposing
building of an Art Nouveau character with Italian qualities to the decorations.
Materials and workmanship of highest quality. Exterior of Grindleford stone
ashlar richly carved with designs both heraldic and symbolic by W Birnie Rhind
of Edinburgh who also made the interior sculpture. Main front elevation has
central section of 4 wide bays. Stepped back upper floors have round headed
windows containing stained glass by W Smith of London. 2nd floor windows within
an Order, 1st floor arcaded. Projecting end sections, under scrolled, stepped,
pedimented gables have 3 or 4 closely set windows. To north, a set back 3
window section with a doorway in the angle and an octagonal corner turret with
spire. To south a set-back canted link to a 5-storey hexagonal tower with
freestanding columns below a stone dome. The shorter elevation to Cliff Parade
also has 3 decorative gables and the long rear elevation of 18 wide bays is
roughly divided into 3 by projecting gabled bays. Here the 2nd floor is arcaded,
the 1st floor has an entablature and window pilasters and the ground floor
has wide round arches whose mouldings fade into the jambs. Interior of exceptional
richness and splendid craftsmanship. Staircase of Hoptonwood stone; Council
Chamber lined with Northumberland stone and mahogany panelling. Sequoia and
oak are also used. Light fittings and switch plates are of varied metals specially
designed and differing from room to room. There is much sculpture in the Council
Chamber and in the ante-room a large polychrome relief plaster frieze of scenes
from the Wars of the Roses, by C Fehr of London. Many inlaid marble floors
and much hardwood panelling throughout.

Listing NGR: SE3295521008

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