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Old Shire Hall (University Office)

A Grade II Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7751 / 54°46'30"N

Longitude: -1.5702 / 1°34'12"W

OS Eastings: 427744

OS Northings: 542322

OS Grid: NZ277423

Mapcode National: GBR KFG7.V2

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.V7GQ

Plus Code: 9C6WQCGH+2W

Entry Name: Old Shire Hall (University Office)

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1310562

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110352

ID on this website: 101310562

Location: The Sands, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ 2742 SE

(South side)
Old Shire Hall
(University Office)


County Council headquarters, now offices. 1896-8 by H. Barnes and F.E. Coates
with extensions of 1905. Built by Rankin of Sunderland. Bright red engineering
brick with copious terracotta dressings; sandstone ashlar dressings on extension.
Graduated Lakeland slate roofs with terracotta crestings, copper dome. Baroque
style. Original building 2 storeys and basement, 9 bays with a subsidiary
bay set back at right. Centre and end bays project, the former under square
tower with drum and dome, the latter under high Flemish gables. Steps to central
entrance with wrought-iron screen in keyed and rusticated architrave. Round-
arched windows, paired on first floor, in similar openings. Balustrades below
first-floor windows. Floor entablatures, the upper with modillion cornice and
blocking course. Irregularly-placed corniced chimneys. Terra-cotta area
balustrades sweep up to form handrails for steps. Extension of 3 wide bays,
banded in stone and brick, the left bay projecting. Outer bays have attic gables.
Extruded porch with stone dome above high shaped parapet. Groups of 3 windows,
the lower in keyed and rusticated architraves, the upper segment-headed with
architraves and rusticated column jambs. Stone modillioned continuous eaves
cornice. Dentil-corniced chimneys.

Interior: rich decoration of terra-cotta and glazed tiles to halls, staircases,
principal rooms and ante-rooms. Good quality woodwork by Robson, wrought-iron
by Singer of Frome, throughout, and interesting stained glass: pictorial,
didactic and decorative.

Listing NGR: NZ2774442322

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