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The Portland Thistle Hotel

A Grade II Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4801 / 53°28'48"N

Longitude: -2.2352 / 2°14'6"W

OS Eastings: 384485

OS Northings: 398178

OS Grid: SJ844981

Mapcode National: GBR DLH.PG

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.MSTG

Plus Code: 9C5VFQJ7+2W

Entry Name: The Portland Thistle Hotel

Listing Date: 18 December 1963

Last Amended: 6 June 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246951

English Heritage Legacy ID: 456046

Location: Piccadilly, Manchester, M1

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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698-1/28/299, (South East side),
Nos.3, 5 AND 9

The Portland Thistle Hotel

(Formerly Listed as: PORTLAND STREET (South East side) Nos.3, 5 AND 9 Magnum Hotel)




Formerly known as: No.9 Brown's Warehouse PORTLAND STREET.
Three home trade warehouses, No.9 formerly known as Brown's
Warehouse; now all in one as hotel. 1851 and later, by Edward
Walters; altered. Sandstone ashlar, slate roofs. Rectangular
plan. Italian palazzo style. No.3 is four storeys and six bays;
No.5 is five storeys and seven bays, with attic (plus added attic);
No.9 is four storeys and seven bays; all formerly with basements but
rebuilt except for the facades, and all symmetrical. No.3 to
the left has a dentilled cornice to ground floor, banded
quoins to upper floors, interrupted cornice to 1st floor,
giant pilaster strips to 2nd and 3rd floors, bracketed main
cornice and pilastered parapet; arcaded basement and ground
floor with paired pilasters, round-headed arches with moulded
heads and voluted keystones (except former doorway in 2nd bay
which has mask), and carved spandrels including roundels;
upper floors have windows with moulded architraves, those at
1st floor segmental-headed with volute keystones, those at 2nd
floor with segmental pediments on consoles, and those at 3rd
floor with shouldered architraves. No.5, similarly arcaded at
ground floor but with richly decorated segmental-headed
doorway in centre, has modillioned cornice over 2nd floor with
acroteria, banded quoins up to that level, giant pilasters to
3rd and 4th floors, prominent main cornice with dentils and
modillions, and attic storey treated as a parapet, with banded
pilasters to the outer bays (C20 slated mansard attic above
this; square-headed windows to all upper floors, those at 1st
floor with enriched architraves and segmental pediments, the
others mostly plain, and small 2-light mullioned attic
windows. No.9 to the right has rusticated arcading to ground
floor, with massive plinth and imposts, central round-headed
doorway with cavetto surround, stepped voussoirs, mask
keystone and corner cartouches; cornice over ground floor,
banded corner pilasters above this, prominent modillioned
cornice and balustraded parapet; windows segmental-headed at
1st and 2nd floors and round-headed at 3rd floor, with
vertically-linked architraves, those at 1st floor shouldered
with carved friezes and cornices on consoles, those at 2nd
floor with segmental pediments, and those at 3rd floor with
keyed hoodmoulds. Right-hand return wall, 12 bays in similar
style, with former loading bay entrance at rear end. All three
portions have altered glazing to all windows.

Listing NGR: SJ8448598178

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