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Park Tower (Former North Eastern Co-Operative Society Department Store)

A Grade II Listed Building in Burn Valley, Hartlepool

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Latitude: 54.6823 / 54°40'56"N

Longitude: -1.2118 / 1°12'42"W

OS Eastings: 450917

OS Northings: 532204

OS Grid: NZ509322

Mapcode National: GBR MGZ9.G9

Mapcode Global: WHD6F.CK6T

Plus Code: 9C6WMQJQ+W7

Entry Name: Park Tower (Former North Eastern Co-Operative Society Department Store)

Listing Date: 17 December 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250532

English Heritage Legacy ID: 432925

Location: Burn Valley, Hartlepool, TS24

County: Hartlepool

Electoral Ward/Division: Burn Valley

Built-Up Area: Hartlepool

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Stranton

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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STRANTON (west side),
Park Tower (Former North Eastern Co-operative Society department store)

(Formerly listed as North Eastern Co-operative Society Ltd. department store)


Department store, 1913-15, by Lionel G. Ekins. Portland stone ashlar and slate roof. Occupies large corner site. Baroque style. 3 storeys and attic storey; 4 bays to ground floor, 8 bays to upper floors, and curved quadrant bay to right angle. Ground floor: stone fascia and cornice on rusticated piers flanking mid C20 shop fronts and doorways. Giant Ionic Order through upper floors. Windows recessed behind single and paired columns. Moulded, mullioned-and-transomed casement windows to first floor; moulded mullioned casements to 2nd floor, with glazing bars and swags to ornamented aprons. Recessed 2-storey bay window to quadrant, with banded concave splays. 5th bay has Diocletian window over mullioned 3-light casement window in round-headed arch of banded rustication with convex chamfer, keystone and pediment having an embellished tympanum. Short, square clock tower rises above 5th bay, with banded rusticated antae and urn finials at angles. Masonry domed, octagonal cupola has convex sides alternated with Ionic, open-pedimented aedicules. Balustraded parapet with raised pedestal over quadrant, inscribed : 'HARTLEPOOLS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY.' Low-pitched mansard roof. The 7-bay right return is similar, but lacks a clock tower. Later extension to west side (rear) is not of interest. Clock tower is an important townscape feature in the town-centre area.

Listing NGR: NZ5091732204

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