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Northern Assurance Building

A Grade II Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4801 / 53°28'48"N

Longitude: -2.2445 / 2°14'40"W

OS Eastings: 383872

OS Northings: 398182

OS Grid: SJ838981

Mapcode National: GBR DJH.PG

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.HSFF

Plus Code: 9C5VFQJ4+26

Entry Name: Northern Assurance Building

Listing Date: 3 October 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1270910

English Heritage Legacy ID: 456069

Location: Deansgate, Manchester, M2

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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698-1/27/321 (North East side)
03/10/74 Nos.9 TO 21 (Odd)
Northern Assurance Buildings


Shops and offices. 1902, by Waddington, Son and Dunkerley;
slightly altered. Probably iron-framed, with cladding of
sandstone ashlar and some grey granite, steeply pitched slate
roofs on several levels. Irregular plan on corner site.
Elaborate building in eclectic style with French Renaissance
accent. Mostly 5 storeys and attic, but with return side to
Clarence Street partly 3 storeys and attic; principal facade
of 3 wide bays (windows of 3, 2 and 3 lights) plus a broad
curved corner, symmetrical except for this. Panelled frieze
over ground floor (interrupted by central entrance arch), 1st
and 2nd floors in French Renaissance style with superimposed
triangular pilasters surmounted by ball finials, and enriched
panels between floors, the centre feature rising to the 3rd
floor and finished as a balustrade parapet with ball finials,
the outer bays at 3rd and 4th floors recessed and the heads
bridged by semi-circular arches with pierced spandrels,
string-course over 4th floor with egg-and-dart enrichment,
attic windows under richly decorated shaped gables, that in
the centre 2-tiered and flanked by octagonal turrets; curved
corner similarly treated and finished as a cylindrical turret
which has domed roof with corona and finial, flanked by
similar turrets. Central round-headed doorway recessed in a
giant round-headed arch which has a 2-light window under the
head. Sashed windows without glazing bars, those at 1st and
2nd floors, in centre of 3rd floor, and central gable all
recessed behind colonnaded screens; mullion-and-transom
windows at 3rd and 4th floors, mullioned windows to attic.
Similar fenestration to the corner. Return side to Clarence
Street smaller and simpler.

Listing NGR: SJ8387298182

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