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The French Horn Public House

A Grade II Listed Building in Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Latitude: 53.302 / 53°18'7"N

Longitude: -1.1237 / 1°7'25"W

OS Eastings: 458498

OS Northings: 378700

OS Grid: SK584787

Mapcode National: GBR NZL8.J0

Mapcode Global: WHDF7.Q84F

Entry Name: The French Horn Public House

Listing Date: 25 February 2008

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392412

English Heritage Legacy ID: 502732

Location: Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, S80

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Bassetlaw

Electoral Ward/Division: Worksop South

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Worksop

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Worksop Priory with Carburton

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham

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Listing Text

400/0/10012 POTTER STREET
25-FEB-08 (North side)
The French Horn Hotel

Public House. 1906 with late C20 internal alterations. Built for the Sheffield brewers Hooson Bros. by Frederick Hopkinson.

MATERIALS:Red brick with terracotta and faience dressings, banding and decoration, tall brick chimneys with moulded cappings, and a tile roof covering with crested ridges and elaborate finials to gablets.

PLAN: L-shaped plan, the principal elevation to Potter Street, returned at the east end, and extending northwards in plainer form as a service range.

EXTERIOR: The principal (south) elevation is of 5 bays and 3 storeys, the east end bay angled as the building returns northwards at the east end for a further 3 bays at 3 storeys. It then continues at a lower 2 storey height for a further 3 bays. The ground floor is formed of an elaborate and highly decorative display frontage faced in dark and light green faience manufactured by Bermantofts (Messrs Wilcox and Co,) of Leeds. It is set upon a low brown-tiled plinth, and comprises a series of wide, shallow arch-headed windows rising from a base of rectangular panels. The 3 and 4 light windows are separated by panelled pilasters with elaborately-decorated capitals which terminate at a moulded cornice at the head of a fascia of light coloured faience. The upper lights are glazed with decorative stained glass panels. The front elevation is asymmetrical, with 2 window bays to the west of a narrow entrance bay, and a further window bay and a narrower angled corner bay. The entrance bay is flanked by pilasters, and has a keyed oval overlight above the door opening, surmounted by a massive scrolled pediment. The fascia extend through the bay below the pediment, and carries lettering which reads 'HOTEL' The flanking sections of fascia lettering complete the building's name, but sequentially they read 'FRENCH/ HOTEL/HORN'. The faience-clad return bays include a secondary entrance detailed in matching style to the main entrance. The first floor has terracotta horizontal banding extending through the pilasters and enclosed brick panels, with a series of 2-light cross windows incorporating-arch headed upper lights with decorative stained glass. The angled bay has a canted oriel window above which is a decorative cartouche set within a set-back gablet .The upper floor is comprised of a series of gablets with decorative bargeboards, set above paired 2 over 2-light sash windows separated by moulded terracotta mullions. Each entrance bay is distinguished by a decorative terracotta cartouche, with swags and shell finials to the head of flanking pilasters. The inscription above the main entrance reads ' REBUILT A.D. 1906, that above the secondary entrance reads '1906' The remaining bays of the return range are plainly detailed, but the most northerly bays have wide arch-headed window openings.

INTERIOR: Not inspected, but external views confirm that the interior had been remodelled to create a mainly open-plan interior,in which few original fixtures and fittings appear to have been retained. The bar counter, back bar and other interior elements appear to be contemporary with the remodelling.

HISTORY: the present building replaced an earlier public house of the same name, which in 1906 was said to have been a public house for 130 years, and possibly a malthouse before that date. It stood gable end to the road, with a saddlers shop to the west. The site of both buildings were used for the new building, giving the 1906 French Horn a long display frontage to Potter Street.

Listed in part for Group Value with the Town Hall (item 7/113), No.10 Potter Street (items 7/115 and 7/116) and Nos.23,23a,25 and 27 Potter Street (item 8/106).

The French Horn Public House in Worksop, Nottinghamshire is recommended for listing for Group Value for the following principal reasons:

* The building has a well-preserved exterior which exemplifies the high quality of the best public house designs of the early C20.

* The faience decoration of the public house display frontage is of high quality, and incorporates both complex mouldings and integral lettering within an ornamented fascia.

* The building exterior is little altered and retains almost all of the original architectural detailing, joinery, decorative glass and other items of external ornament which are such significant constituent elements of the original design.

* The building is prominently sited within the centre of Worksop, and has a strong visual relationship with other listed buildings on both sides of Potter Street, including the former Corn Exchange, now the Town Hall.

* The building replaced an earlier public house on the same site and thus re-inforces the historic nature of the locality and the character and appearance of the Conservation Area within which it is sited.

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

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