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Town Hall and Guildhall, Durham

Description: Town Hall and Guildhall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 February 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 110284

OS Grid Reference: NZ2737342576
OS Grid Coordinates: 427373, 542576
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7774, -1.5760

Location: Walkergate, Durham DH1 3NJ

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3NJ

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 NW (West side)

9/232 Town Hall and Guildhall

Town hall and Guildhall. C17 Guildhall with C18 alterations; 1851 town hall
and front range by P.C. Hardwick. Coursed sandstone with ashlar dressings;
roof of graduated Lakeland slate. Perpendicular style. 2 storeys and attics;
4 bays. 3-bay Guildhall at left has 3 Tudor-arched doorways with chamfered
surrounds; paired windows flank the central which has carved panels above
dated 1850; large stone brackets support first-floor balcony to high, wide
central 3-light window and tall 2-light flanking windows with tracery; drip
moulds and relieving arches above. Central spherical-triangular attic window
in coped gable; battlemented coping over side bays; tall end buttresses.
6 wide steps up to set-back right entrance to town hall: 2-centred arch with
head-stopped drip mould and canopied niche; linen-fold panelling on double
doors; 2-light windows flanking niche and 3-light above have stone mullions,
with transoms to top window, and Tudor-headed lights. Steeply-pitched roof
has tall crocketed spirelet over ridge ventilator, and paired coped ashlar
polygonal chimneys.

Interior: Guildhall, built 1665, has high wood panelling on west wall with
plaster above; renewed arch-braced 3-bay roof on shafted wood corbels. Arms of
William and Mary above panelling; Mayor's Chamber adjoining to north has 1752
panelling, 2-panelled doors and C20 coved ceiling; Jacobean chimney piece
and overmantel transferred from former Red Lion Inn, now part of Hatfield
College. North Bailey: figures in contemporary dress of gentleman, king and
soldier. Town hall at west, above covered market (q.v.) has panelled walls
with commemorative painted panels; hammer-beam roof with much carved decoration;
high stone-hooded chimney piece and linen-fold panelled double doors. Entrance
hall has one medieval head-carved stone corbel, perhaps a survival of the 1356
Guildhall on the site.

Listing NGR: NZ2737342576

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Source: English Heritage

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