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Former Exchequer Building, Now University Library, Durham

Description: Former Exchequer Building, Now University Library

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110408

OS Grid Reference: NZ2734442299
OS Grid Coordinates: 427344, 542299
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7749, -1.5764

Location: Durham, Cathedral (N-bound) DH1 3RN

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

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 SW (West side)

14/352 Former Exchequer
Building, now
university library


Chancery and exchequer courts, now library. Between 1438 and 1457 for Bishop
Neville. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings; stone-flagged roof.
3 storeys, 2 bays. Steps down to studded, ledged boarded door at right of
first bay in 2-centred-arched surround with fragments of roll moulding on
lower course, renewed on course above, and chamfer above that. Ground-floor
windows at left and at right have 3 Tudor-headed lights and label moulds.
First-floor windows have 3 round-headed stepped lights; second floor has 3
windows with 2 round-headed lights, all under dripmoulds and with chamfered
surrounds. Neville arms (ears removed from horse's head) between upper windows
under canopy on angel bracket. Eaves string; parapet, formerly battlemented,
has roll-moulded coping.

Interior: central passage to 12-ribbed vault; newel stair to right of this;
a second newel survives in part at rear of building, heavily weathered. C17
open-well stair has widely-spaced barley-sugar twist balusters, closed string
and high grip handrail; partly renewed. Many stop-chamfered flat Tudor-
arched door surrounds, including those to Chancery Court and Exchequer Court,
now one room. Masons' mark (W with central projecting cross) on these and
on a third ground-floor door. Square-headed door at rear has stopped chamfer
with narrower chamfer below. Original stop-chamfered beams and ceilings over
both floors, the beams with 3 hollow chamfers.

A scheduled ancient monument.

Listing NGR: NZ2734442299

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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