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Shire House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bodmin, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.4702 / 50°28'12"N

Longitude: -4.7182 / 4°43'5"W

OS Eastings: 207203

OS Northings: 66911

OS Grid: SX072669

Mapcode National: GBR N2.MRW6

Mapcode Global: FRA 170T.7P9

Plus Code: 9C2QF7CJ+3P

Entry Name: Shire House

Listing Date: 26 March 1949

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298216

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368034

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Bodmin

Built-Up Area: Bodmin

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Bodmin

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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629-1/0/93 (East side)
26/03/49 Shire House
(Formerly Listed as:
Mayoralty House)


Judges' lodgings. c1840. By Joseph Pascoe of Bodmin.
MATERIALS: rusticated granite ashlar on plinth to ground
floor; stucco above with giant Tuscan pilasters; paired
pilasters clasping the corners and pilasters flanking the
central bays; stepped eaves entablature; rag slate hipped roof
with deep projecting eaves on widely-spaced brackets; brick
end and axial stacks with louvered clay pots.
PLAN: large square plan with central stair hall. Classical
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys over basement; 2 nearly identical
symmetrical 5-window fronts facing west and north, both with
central doorways. Original hornless sashes with glazing bars
throughout, those to upper floors with margin panes; very tall
1st-floor windows. West front has C20 glazed porch standing on
original moulded granite steps; tripartite inner doorway with
original segmental-arched fanlight. North front has original
overlight with margin panes over C20 door approached by C20
ramp on the right. East front is 3 bays and similarly
detailed; large C20 ground-floor extension.
INTERIOR: moulded plaster ceiling cornices to the principal
rooms and stair hall (some to ground floor concealed by false
ceilings) some with central roses with acanthus leaves;
open-well staircase with open string, Vitruvian scroll detail
and mahogany handrail scrolled over newel, service stair with
ramped handrail; panelled doors and window shutters and at
least 2 chimneypieces.
An elegant and complete example, which forms a group with
Shire Hall (qv).
(Colvin H: A Bibliographical Dictionary of British Architects
1600-1840: London: 1978-: 622).

Listing NGR: SX0720366911

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