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Latitude: 52.9535 / 52°57'12"N
Longitude: -1.1524 / 1°9'8"W
OS Eastings: 457044
OS Northings: 339910
OS Grid: SK570399
Mapcode National: GBR LNP.MC
Mapcode Global: WHDGZ.81H2
Plus Code: 9C4WXR3X+C3
Entry Name: Bromley House
Listing Date: 11 August 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1246247
English Heritage Legacy ID: 454757
Location: Nottingham, NG1
County: City of Nottingham
Electoral Ward/Division: Bridge
Built-Up Area: Nottingham
Traditional County: Nottinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Nottingham St Nicholas
Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham
SK5739NW ANGEL ROW
646-1/20/6 (South West side)
11/08/52 Nos.13, 14 AND 15
Formerly known as: No 13, No 14 & No 15 Market Place ANGEL
Town house with banking hall, now public subscription library
and shops. 1752. Possibly by Sir Robert Taylor, for George
Smith, banker, and grandson of the founder of Smith's Bank.
Converted to library c1820, shopfronts inserted c1929, altered
late C20. Red brick, with painted ashlar dressings and plain
tile roofs with 2 gable stacks. First floor sill band, eaves
cornice, coped parapet and coped gables.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys plus attics and cellars; 5 window range.
L-plan. Street front has a central doorway with moulded
surround and cornice on brackets, 6-panel door and elaborate
fanlight. On each side, late C20 shopfronts, under a plain
band. Over the door, a small ashlar plaque, added 1989,
inscribed "Bromley House 1752". Above, 5 tall glazing bar
sashes in moulded surrounds, with pediments. Above again, 5
smaller glazing bar sashes with moulded surrounds and sill
brackets. Attics have 3 gabled dormers.
Rear elevation has a central ashlar doorcase with cornice on
brackets, panelled door and fanlight, altered c1929. On each
side, single storey lean-to additions, 3 windows, with glazed
roofs. Above, 4 glazing bar sashes, and above again 5 smaller
glazing bar sashes, all with keystone wedge lintels. To left,
a projecting single window staircase link with coped parapet.
Attic has 2 hipped dormers. Parapet rebuilt to right, with 2
large 3-light casements for a photographic studio.
Rear wing to south-west, 3 storeys plus cellar; 9 window
range. Chamfered plinth, ashlar eaves band and brick eaves.
Projecting centre, 3 windows. Ground floor has 3 plain sashes
to centre and to left, To right, a round-arched doorway with
Gibbs surround, part-glazed 6-panel door and fanlight. Beyond,
a C20 casement. Above, 8 tall glazing bar sashes, and above
again, 9 smaller glazing bar sashes, all with brick flat
arches and keystones. To left, a 2-storey addition, 2 windows.
Beneath the rear wing, rock-cut cellars including remains of a
malt kiln and well.
INTERIOR: entrance hall has a row of Ionic columns, formerly
freestanding, forming a screen to the former banking hall. 2
moulded arches with keystones, decorated plaster coving and
ceilings. 3-flight open well wooden staircase with 3 turned
balusters per tread, ramped handrail and panelled dado.
Pedimented doorcases and panelled doors on first floor
landing. 2 elaborate plasterwork bands, and moulded cornice,
below a plain square dome with C20 octagonal lantern. Curving
stair to upper floors, c1820, with stick balusters, leading to
upper landing with turned balusters and a segmental archway.
Panelled doors with wooden surrounds on this landing.
First floor rooms, now library, combined and linked by
segmental arches c1844. These rooms retain some fielded
panelling and panelled shutters. 4 good quality mid C18
fireplaces, with contemporary fire surrounds and overmantels.
Main front reception room has Rococo style oval panelled
plaster ceiling. Main reading room, 2 storeys, has a balcony
c1844 and spiral staircase c1857, with cast-iron balustrades.
Upper floors have a 2-flight staircase with turned balusters
and square newels, most original panelled doors and surrounds,
single C18 fireplace, and some panelling.
This building retains a considerable amount of the form and
fittings of a mid-C18 town house. It also housed the first
photographic studio in Nottingham, from 1841, which remained
in use till 1955.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Nottinghamshire: London:
1979-: 229; Bromley House 1752-1991: Coupe R & Corbett J:
Nottingham: 1991-: 49-76 & 101-130).
Listing NGR: SK5704439910
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