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Municipal Buildings, Dorchester

Description: Municipal Buildings

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 May 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 104325

OS Grid Reference: SY6928290759
OS Grid Coordinates: 369282, 90759
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7156, -2.4365

Location: The Bow, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1HS

Locality: Dorchester
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT1 1HS

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Listing Text

5191 (North Side)
SY 6990 7/228 Municipal Buildings

This property shall be upgraded to grade II*


(North Side)
Municipal Buildings
SY 6990 7/228
l847-8. Clock tower: l864 (at which time the original lantern on roof was removed).
Portal: 1876. Architect: Benjamin Ferrey. Builder: Samuel Slade. Former Town
Hall. Broadmayne brick, with ashlar limestone dressings (Bath above, Portland
below). Pitched tile roof with moulded ashlar gable coping and polygonal finials.
Moulded ashlar eaves cornice with crenellated parapet. 5 mullion and transom
windows with iron glazing bars on 1st floor. 4 pointed arches with hoodmoulds
on ground floor, originally an open market, now glazed. Central gabled portal
on colonettes with crocketed capitals, carrying relief of Borough Arms.
South west corner has oriel turret with chamfered corners taken on polygonal
clasping buttress and squinches with traceried panels: band of traceried panelling
at eaves Level: corbelled-out bulge at clocks' level: lead spire with sprocketed
eaves, half- hipped lucarnes and weather vane.
West elevation has 2 arches at ground floor level, and segmental 2 storey oriel
above with crenellated parapet, panelled centre section and fixed windows with
glazing bars.
2 storey extension in similar style to rear.
Its neo-Tudor detail and (especially on west front) its predominant verticals
resemble Clyffe Hall, Tincleton, more than Ferrey's other work in Dorset.
The Municipal Buildings and Nos 28 to 33 (consec) form a group.

Listing NGR: SY6928290759

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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