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The Ancient Unicorn Hotel and Attached Rear Wing (Shown on Os Map As Unicorn House), Bowes

Description: The Ancient Unicorn Hotel and Attached Rear Wing (Shown on Os Map As Unicorn House)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 111178

OS Grid Reference: NY9949513540
OS Grid Coordinates: 399495, 513540
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5172, -2.0093

Location: The Street, Bowes, Durham DL12 9LG

Locality: Bowes
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL12 9LG

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Listing Text

NY 9913
(North side)
33/16 The Ancient Unicorn
Hotel and attached
rear wing (shown on
OS map as Unicorn
Hotel. Mid C18 front block with altered and refronted C17 rear wing of 2 builds.
Front block: dressed sandstone with squared rubble returns; graduated green
slate roof; stone chimney stacks. Rear wing: squared rubble; left section has
stone-flagged roof, right section has green slate roof; stone chimney stacks.

Front block: 3 storeys plus basement; 3 bays. Raised-and-chamfered quoins.
Basement has central boarded door flanked by blocked windows. Replaced casements
in moulded surrounds above basement string course. Stone eaves cornice. Roof
with coped gables and shaped kneelers. Corniced end stacks.

Rear wing: set-back 2-storey, 2-bay left section facing courtyard has a Tuscan
screen, now glazed, and 3 segmental relieving arches above. 2 replaced casements
in moulded surrounds on first floor. Passage behind screen has two 16-pane
sashes in moulded surrounds. Refronted 2-storey, irregular 3-bay right section
has raised-and-chamfered quoins to left; 2 late C19 stone canted bay windows and
3 horizontal sliding sashes above. Mounting block to left. Left end and ridge
stacks. Short 2-storey, gabled stair wing to rear, flanked by one-storey
outshuts. 2-light chamfered-mullioned, first-floor window concealed by left

Interior: front block has cut-string, dogleg staircase of 3 flights plus landing
rail, with 2 turned balusters per tread and a ramped moulded handrail.

C20 additions to left return of front block and at right end of rear wing,and
attached farmbuildings to rear, are not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NY9949513540

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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