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Call Stone Magistrates Court Town Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Kendal, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.327 / 54°19'37"N

Longitude: -2.7473 / 2°44'50"W

OS Eastings: 351493

OS Northings: 492633

OS Grid: SD514926

Mapcode National: GBR 9L8D.0N

Mapcode Global: WH82W.RHYR

Plus Code: 9C6V87G3+Q3

Entry Name: Call Stone Magistrates Court Town Hall

Listing Date: 24 April 1951

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1318980

English Heritage Legacy ID: 75377

Also known as: Call Stone, Magistrates Court and Town Hall

ID on this website: 101318980

Location: Kendal, Westmorland and Furness, Cumbria, LA9

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

Civil Parish: Kendal

Built-Up Area: Kendal

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Kendal Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Tagged with: City hall Courthouse Seat of local government

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(East side)

7 & 8/34 Town Hall,
Magistrates Court, &
24-4-51 Call Stone


Assembly Rooms, known as White Hall, on sloping site; 1825 by Francis (&
George?) Webster. 1859 converted for use as Town Hall by George Webster. 1893
(date in pediment) extended by Stephen Shaw. Hammer-dressed, banded, ground
floor; 1st floor ashlar, with sill band. Eaves band and cornice. Highgate
elevation has open parapet of turned stone balusters with covered urns on plinth
blocks at each end; 2 ornate dormers with clock tower between.
Steeply-pitched, hipped, graduated slate roofs. 2 storeys with attic to
Highgate, and cellars to Lowther Street, elevations. 3-bays (2:1) added to left
on Highgate elevation in 1893: Panelled double doors in richly-decorated
doorcase with date and cartouche in open and broken pediment; 2
semicircular-headed windows to left with Call Stone on ground between (part of
Stricklandgate Market Cross, from which proclamations have been made for over 3
centuries). 1st floor: Sash over door in architrave with splayed feet and
swan-neck pediment, all within segmentally-pedimented surround; 2 sashes in
corniced architrave to left. Dormer window in pedimented architrave with
splayed feet. 2-stage clock tower (above door) has semicircular-headed louvred
openings; swan-neck pediment between stages has cartouche with initial 'B' (for
Alderman William Bindloss, Mayor, who gave the bells). 2nd stage has large,
circular, clock face in open-pedimented surround. Ogee lead roof is surmounted
by small lantern with weather-vane. Former White Hall comprises 3 (symmetrical)
right-hand bays (1:1:1) of Highgate elevation and 14 bays (3:8:3) on Lowther
Street. Highgate: central, panelled double doors and semicircular fanlight
with semicircular-headed window to either side. 1st floor: Pedimented Ionic
loggia in antis with cast-iron balustrade; sash in corniced architrave to either
side. Central Venetian dormer window, in ornate pedimented surround, added in
1893 (replacing mid Cl9 clock tower). Lowther Street: 3 bays to either end
have semicircular-headed windows to ground floor and tall 1st floor sashes;
lower ground floor to Magistrates Court (3 eastern bays) has recessed, panelled
double door in corniced surround with 2 windows to left. 8 central bays have
semicircular-headed windows to both floors. Glazing bars to windows on both
elevations. Interior: Richly decorated, mainly 1893 fittings. Hall cornice
has wreaths to frieze; staircase with spiral curtail to ornamental iron handrail
(rear stair similar). Council Chamber has ornate wooden chimneypiece; Assembly
Hall has Doric pilasters carrying coved segmental ceiling. Both Court Room and
Assembly Hall have galleries supported on cast-iron pillars.

Listing NGR: SD5149392633

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