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Booth Museum of Natural History and Attached Walls and Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Brighton and Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove

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Latitude: 50.8373 / 50°50'14"N

Longitude: -0.1527 / 0°9'9"W

OS Eastings: 530175

OS Northings: 105817

OS Grid: TQ301058

Mapcode National: GBR JNX.J6T

Mapcode Global: FRA B6KW.JBC

Plus Code: 9C2XRRPW+WW

Entry Name: Booth Museum of Natural History and Attached Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 2 March 1981

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1380452

English Heritage Legacy ID: 480614

ID on this website: 101380452

Location: Preston, Brighton and Hove, West Sussex, BN1

County: The City of Brighton and Hove

Electoral Ward/Division: Preston Park

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Brighton and Hove

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Prestonville St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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577-1/19/207 (North East side)
Booth Museum of Natural History and
attached walls and railings


Museum. 1874. For Thomas Booth. Brown brick set in English
bond with dressings of stone, red, yellow and black brick,
some of it gauged, and blue glazed brick, roof of slate.
PLAN/EXTERIOR: the museum is a long shed with a plain,
unwindowed wall to the right-hand return, and a short, lower
extension at its north-eastern end. The street front is
treated in an Italian Romanesque style, with a flat-roofed
porch across the whole front and the rest of the gabled front
set back. Steps up to 2 identical round-arched entrances with
voussoirs of red, yellow and black brick under a round-arched
hoodmould, the voussoirs dying into a springing band of red,
black and blue-glazed brick; double doors with decorative
wrought-iron hinges. The pattern of round arches with
voussoirs, hoodmould and springing band continues over the
other openings: a niche between the doors and one either side
of them, and a window beyond that; elaborate entablature of
gauged brick with dentil work, frieze of upright bricks and
moulded brick cornice. The gable is decorated with banding and
diaper work in red brick, and one course of blue glazed brick
which forms part of a springing band to an arcade of 5 blank
round arches; Lombard frieze and moulded brick cornice to
gable. Lantern to ridge of roof.
INTERIOR: the interior is simply a long shed with a late C20
roof; the historical interest of the interior lies in the
cases presented by Booth, which line the walls and the centre
of the building, and show British birds in their natural
Splayed walls either side of the building ending in coped red
brick piers; cast-iron railings to steps.
HISTORICAL NOTE: built by Thomas Booth to house his collection
of stuffed British birds; presented to Brighton Borough
Council in 1890 by his widow; and redesignated as a museum of
natural history in 1973.
(Carder T: The Encyclopaedia of Brighton: Lewes: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3017505817

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