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Market Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontefract, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.6918 / 53°41'30"N

Longitude: -1.3109 / 1°18'39"W

OS Eastings: 445600

OS Northings: 421922

OS Grid: SE456219

Mapcode National: GBR MT8R.ZB

Mapcode Global: WHDC6.TGYP

Entry Name: Market Hall

Listing Date: 29 July 1950

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1313248

English Heritage Legacy ID: 342685

Location: Wakefield, WF8

County: Wakefield

Electoral Ward/Division: Pontefract North

Built-Up Area: Pontefract

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Pontefract St Giles with St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

SE 4521 NE
(north-west side)
8/46 Market Hall

Market hall. Frontage 1859-60, designed by Joseph Wilson; hall etc c1960. Dressed
ashlar front with brick to rear, C20 part-glazed metal roof. Roughly 3-storey
height, 3 bays with wider taller central bay. Side bays have tall stepped Corinthian
pilasters on deep vermiculated bases with moulded plinths and cornices to outer
corners. Paired Corinthian, columns on similar bases flanking central bay.
Elaborate entablature over, with pulvinated frieze and moulded modillion cornice,
which projects over the pilasters and columns. Within this surround all the bays
have rusticated stonework and each has a tall semi-circular-headed opening, that
to centre set in slightly recessed stonework. Side bays have C20 doors to the base
of these openings and rendered panels above. Central bay has similar doors with
large glazed window above. Each opening has radiating voussoirs and carved keystone,
that to left with brace of game birds, that to right with a dead hog and that to
centre with massive bull's head with a ring through its nose. Above the entablature
side bays have plain blocking course, remains of former balustrade to left side.
Central bay has tall parapet with large semi-circular moulded arch and massive
bull's head keystone; deeply recessed panel within, decorated with Borough arms.
Interior, all c1960 and not of special interest. The original 1860 building was
opened by Lord Palmerston.

Listing NGR: SE4560021921

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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