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The Town Hall, Swanage

Description: The Town Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 June 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 108186

OS Grid Reference: SZ0300278743
OS Grid Coordinates: 403002, 78743
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6084, -1.9589

Location: Town Hall Lane, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2NX

Locality: Swanage
Local Authority: Purbeck District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH19 2NX

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Listing Text

(north side)
No 64
(The Town Hall)
SZ 0278 NE 5/60 26.6.52

Built 1882. Architect G Crickmay. Incorporates the front of the Mercers' Hall,
from Cheapside, London, designed by Edward Jarman in 1668 and brought to Swanage by
George Burt. The main building of Purbeck Stone, of 2-storeys, the Mercers' Hall
front of Portland Stone. The ground storey has a round-arched doorway in a rusticated
surround, surmounted by carved cherubs supporting a central figure. Above this is a
projecting balcony, with an ornamental iron balustrade, carried on massive carved
console brackets. At first floor level, a pair of doors leads on to the balcony.
The doors are set in a semi-circular arch, with moulded surround, and a flat hood on
console brackets, with carved ornament in the spandrels. Above this is an elliptical
window with carved surround. The whole of this stage is set in a frame with Tuscan
pilasters supporting a broken pediment. In the centre of this is a semi-circular
niche with circular windows on each side above the pediment. The whole composition,
which extends above the eaves of the main building, is finished with a moulded
dentil cornice and balustraded parapet. On each side of the entrance doorway are
ornamental cast iron lamp standards, cast at Coalbrookdale. RCHM Monument 4.

Listing NGR: SZ0300278743

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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