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Attached Sorting Office

A Grade II Listed Building in Corwen, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9805 / 52°58'49"N

Longitude: -3.3739 / 3°22'26"W

OS Eastings: 307849

OS Northings: 343457

OS Grid: SJ078434

Mapcode National: GBR 6P.J8XX

Mapcode Global: WH781.4BMX

Entry Name: Attached Sorting Office

Listing Date: 1 February 1995

Last Amended: 1 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15516

Building Class: Commercial

Location: On the corner of High Street and Pen y Bryn, the sorting office forming a rear wing parallel to Pen y Bryn.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Corwen

Community: Corwen

Built-Up Area: Corwen

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Built as a house c1750. Extended for use as a post office in 1936.

Exterior

Coursed and squared stone with slate roof. The original building is 2 storeyed with attic, a 3-window range with full-height canted bay windows to either side of the present entrance. The right hand bay was renewed, probably in 1936, and the left hand bay obscured by the single storeyed extension which forms the main frontage of the post office and which is dated 1936. 12-pane sash windows with flat arched voussoir heads in each face in the first floor. 12-pane sash window over the entrance. 3 wide gabled dormers in the roof appear to be reconstructions, possibly enlarging earlier windows. Single storeyed post-office extension to left: 3 bays articulated by pilasters, with paired doors with metal glazed overlight to right, and large multi-paned windows to the left. Moulded cornice and blocking course. Similar side door in porch to sorting office range, which forms rear wing to right hand side, with clerestory glazing.

Interior

The ground floor was extensively remodelled on conversion to a post office, and the ceiling beams, carried on brackets, date from 1936. One room retains some C18 fittings, including moulded plaster cornice and panelled spine beam.

Reasons for Listing

A fine C18 town house, its conversion and extension as a post office is an interesting exercise in the Neo-Georgian favoured for public buildings in the 1930's.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Post Office
    On the corner of High Street and Pen y Bryn, the sorting office forming a rear wing parallel to Pen y Bryn.
  • II Waterloo House
    Adjacent to the Post Office, alongside the pathway leading to the Parish Church.
  • II National Westminster Bank
    Prominently sited facing E down High Street at the point where it narrows towards the head of Stryd y Bont.
  • II Owain Glyndwr Hotel
    Prominently sited on the main street in the centre of the town, in front of the church.
  • II Midland Bank
    Faces E down High Street, between Stryd y Bont and Pen y Bryn.
  • II Harp Hotel
    At the W end of the broad section of High Street, adjoining the National Westminster Bank.
  • II London House
    Adjoins the Central Hotel towards the centre of the terrace in the broad section of the High Street.
  • II Central Hotel
    Adjoins the Harp Hotel at the W end of the broad section of the High Street.

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