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Powysland Museum (Town Wharf Warehouse)

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Latitude: 52.6584 / 52°39'30"N

Longitude: -3.1454 / 3°8'43"W

OS Eastings: 322619

OS Northings: 307356

OS Grid: SJ226073

Mapcode National: GBR B0.5N7S

Mapcode Global: WH79P.NFCV

Plus Code: 9C4RMV53+9R

Entry Name: Powysland Museum (Town Wharf Warehouse)

Listing Date: 11 March 1981

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7851

Building Class: Education

County: Powys

Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Community: Welshpool

Built-Up Area: Welshpool

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History: Built as a warehouse by the Montgomeryshire Canal Company in 2 phases c1880, at what was then the main town wharf. Added to an earlier warehouse at the wharf, the remains of this earlier building have been built-over in more recent alteration work associated with the conversion of the building for use as a museum.

Exterior: Brick with stone dressings and hipped slate roofs, carried forward from the N range to form a deep canopy over the loading area. The building comprises 2 parallel ranges at right angles to the canal. The earlier N range has full-height loading bay (2 openings in pegged wood frame, now glazed) to right of N-facing elevation. 3-light stone mullioned window on each floor. Further loading door in upper storey in return elevation to W. Similar 3-light mullioned window on each floor in return elevation facing canal. Continuation of hipped roof forms canopy supported on timber posts and struts wrapped around the N and E elevations. Parallel S range has similar fenestration facing the canal and in its return elevation to the S.

Interior: N range of 4 bays with cast-iron columns and timber beams; king-post trusses with tension braces. S range of 3 bays, with cast-iron columns supporting timber beams, and braced king-post trusses.

An exceptionally good example of a late C19 canal warehouse.

Reference: Stephen Hughes, The Archaeology of the Montgomeryshire Canal, 1988, pp.77-81, 121-123.

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