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Description: 6, St Michael's Road
Date Listed: 1 August 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 101838
OS Grid Reference: SZ0818591095
OS Grid Coordinates: 408185, 91095
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7194, -1.8854
5186 ST MICHAEL'S ROAD
SZ 089l 13/117 1.8.74
Built as Freemasons' Hall,circa 1870, but still of Italianate type of circa 1840
(style of Charles Fowler). Elegant facade of colour-washed brick dressed in
stucco, on basement increasing in depth down hill. Tall central bay with arched
window (moulded frame, sill on consoles) flanked by pairs of giant pilasters
supporting entablature and pediment. Main hall set back on either side, with
clerestory of small arched windows, behind lower wings with arched windows, pilasters
and entablature. In place of left-hand window, bigger arch for entrance, secondary
entrance at other end (to basement) added 1910 - good Michelangesque frame with
rusticated piers and swagged keystone under segmental pediment. Hall interior
has shallow segmental plaster ceiling on coving: end bays with ribs (carved with
foliage) radiating from circle, central bay, also with circle, has transverse
ribs connecting pilasters on side walls, flanking projecting bay under external
pediment and segmentally pedimented doorway opposite, both with dentil cornices.
Through doorway is lobby, parallel to hall, with staircase to basement: pitched
skylight over semi-circular ceiling ribs, walls given frenchy plaster panelling
in 1910. Beyond is second larger hall added 1910: plaster ceiling of 4-centred
section with flat skylight in centre and arched ribs carried on elaborate corbels
with console brackets and blocks with hanging tassels, plaster panelling to walls.
Listing NGR: SZ0818591095
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Source: English Heritage
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