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Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Description: Dorset County Museum

Grade: II
Date Listed: 8 May 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 104389

OS Grid Reference: SY6922190765
OS Grid Coordinates: 369221, 90765
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7157, -2.4373

Location: B3150, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA

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

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Listing Text

(North Side)
Dorset County Museum
SY 6990 7/245
1881-3. Architects: G R Crickmay and Son of Weymouth. Portland with Ham stone
dressings. Pitched slate roof. 2 storeys. 2 stringcourses, moulded batter
at 1st floor cill level, moulded dripstone at eaves level, crenellated parapet.
Central shallow canted 2 storey bay with 7 light mullion and transom window,
each light with depressed arched head, upper window with 2 transoms and Perpendicular
tracery in upper lights: crenellated parapet. Above this is gable with moulded
coping, in which is set a 3 light mullion and transom window with hoodmould,
and above it a trefoil-headed panel with Borough Arms and date of 1881. Right
hand bay has on ground floor 1 single light window with transom and Perpendicular
tracery above it. On corner of 1st floor is nearly circular 4-light oriel on
carved foliate squinches with stringcourse carried round it as a transom,
Perpendicular tracery in upper lights, ornamental frieze and battered stone
roof. Left hand bay has panelled double doors set in deeply moulded 4-centred
arch with circles and foliage in spandrels, and 3 moulded panels with escutcheons
of arms above, the whole flanked by 2 slender buttresses of square section
set diagonally, with applied ogee gablets and traceried panels, and topped
by crocketed finials [c.f. the archetypal C.15 Dorset church tower]. Above
this door is another single-light window with transom and Perpendicular tracery
above it. Oblong chimneys of which end stacks are attached polygonal shafts
with cornicing.
Interior has an aisled hall carried on cast iron columns taking galleries above
aisles, and then taking semi-circular transverse arches to roof. Elaborate
tracery patterns to main trusses and to the brackets spanning the aisle bays.
Nos 48 to 65A (consec)including the Shire Hall, Holy Trinity Church, the Museum,
St. Peter's Church and monument to William Barnes in churchyard immediately south
of West Tower form a group.

Listing NGR: SY6922190765

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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