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Academy Hall, Gainford

Description: Academy Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 111157

OS Grid Reference: NZ1714516803
OS Grid Coordinates: 417145, 516803
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5462, -1.7365

Location: Main Road, Gainford, Durham DL2 3DL

Locality: Gainford
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL2 3DL

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Listing Text


9/140 No 17 (Academy Hall)


School, now theatre with flats above. Mid-late c19 with alterations. Coursed
squared sandstone with alternating quoins and window dressings. Blue slate
roof. 2h storeys, 4 bays, the outer bays canted back to give a half-octagonal
front. Sash windows in stop-chamfered surrounds, 12-pane on ground floor, 9-
pane on first floor and 6-pane on top floor. Low-pitched roof, hipped in front,
with set-back side chimneys. Entrance on right return, which has similar
openings. Gainford Academy flourished from 1818 to 1899, and the present
building may contain 1819 material. Stan Laurel the film comedian was a pupil
here towards the end of this period. School was later converted to a theatre
with flats above. Largely unoccupied at time of resurvey. Included for his-
torical interest.

Listing NGR: NZ1714516803

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Source: English Heritage

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