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Electricity House

A Grade II Listed Building in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9016 / 51°54'5"N

Longitude: -2.0787 / 2°4'43"W

OS Eastings: 394684

OS Northings: 222561

OS Grid: SO946225

Mapcode National: GBR 2M4.P9P

Mapcode Global: VH947.XGGM

Plus Code: 9C3VWW2C+JG

Entry Name: Electricity House

Listing Date: 14 December 1983

Last Amended: 26 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1387829

English Heritage Legacy ID: 475821

Location: Lansdown, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Lansdown

Built-Up Area: Cheltenham

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Cheltenham, St Mary with St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text


630-1/9/814 (West side)
14/12/83 No.55
Electricity House
(Formerly Listed as:
Electricity House)


Includes: Electricity House CLARENCE STREET.
Electricity sub-station. 1894-5. Probably designed by Joseph
Hall, borough engineer. Red brick with gauged red brick,
terracotta, ashlar and rough stone dressings, concealed roof
except to outshut a slate roof; tall brick end stack to west
has cornice and copings. Italian Gothic style, based on the
Strozzi Palace (1489), Florence. Rectangular block with
outshut to north.
EXTERIOR: main (south) facade to Clarence Street: 3 storeys, 3
first floor windows. Rough stone plinth with central blocked
arch. Ground floor has 2 outer round-arched windows with
6-pane casements and gauged brick arch to head. Moulded
terracotta band; continuous sill band, outer 6/6 sashes, to
centre a triple window has fixed-light multi-pane casement
windows with paired columns with foliate capitals between,
continuous band over, moulded frieze and cornice surmounted by
blind round-arched arcade with short pilasters with foliate
capitals and rubbed brick arches above, brattished frieze,
deep cogged band, cornice and further crowning blind arcade
and cornice. West facade: 1 bay deep with set-back outshut.
Decorative features continue from south facade; ground floor
has round-arched opening; first stage has 6/6 sash. Entrance
to outshut a panelled door with overlight with lettering
'Electricity ...'.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: this sub-station was part of Cheltenham's
first electricity supply (1895). Here 2000 volts was
transformed down to 100 volts at the unusual frequency of 94
Hz. In 1907 the sub-station was converted into electricity
offices, but the building has reverted to its original use as
a sub-station. Cheltenham Civic Society/ Gloucestershire
Society for Industrial Archaeology plaque.
Occupies a good corner site, forming part of a distinguished
group of Victorian buildings (within the Regency new town)
which include the Library, Museum and Art Gallery (qv) and
Church of St Matthew (qv), Clarence Street; and Shaftesbury

Hall, St George's Place (qv).
(Cheltenham Local History Society Journal: Beacham R: The
Clarence Street Palazzo: 1983-).

Listing NGR: SO9468322565

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

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