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The Square, Rokeby

Description: The Square

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 111722

OS Grid Reference: NZ0861513133
OS Grid Coordinates: 408615, 513133
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5134, -1.8684

Location: The Street, Rokeby, Durham DL12 9SE

Locality: Rokeby
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL12 9SE

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Listing Text


14/132 The Square
12.1.67 (Nos. 1 & 2)


Pair of houses, formerly The George Inn. Several mid- and later-C18 builds,
incorporating earlier fabric. Rubble with tooled-and-margined dressings,
except for squared stone porch; C20 hardrow tile roof. L-plan with extruded
canted porch in angle.

No. 1 (facing east) 2 storeys on basement, 3 bays. 6 steps up to central
fielded-panel double doors in surround with Doric pilasters and pediment.
Renewed 12-pane sash above, old 12-pane sashes in right bay. Left bay, partly
behind added porch, shows blocked 1st floor stone-surround window. Roof hipped
to right; banded ridge stack. Right return shows slab plinth, impost band to
round-arched recess with 12-pane sash, and similar 1st floor window.

Porch, former post office, has renewed glazed door with radial fanlight in
round arch with imposts, 12-pane sash window with flat-arched lintel on 1st
floor and semi-pyramidal roof.

No. 2 (facing north) 3 storeys, 3 + 3 bays. Right part has central 6-panel
door and 3-pane overlight in architrave; 12-pane sash windows. Left part, set
slightly forward, is former coach house: impost band to round-arched arcade
holding boarded double doors; 6-pane sashes to upper floors. Roof hipped to
left, with 2 banded ridge stacks.

Rear of No. 1 six irregular bays. 12-pane sashes to upper floors, five 12-pane
and one 4-pane Yorkshire sashes to basement; irregular quoining of older
building visible near right end. Rear of No. 2 shows various 6- and 12-pane
sashes. All windows in stone surrounds.

Interior of No. 1: Dog-leg closed-string stair with column-on-vase balusters,
moulded newels and ramped moulded handrail. C18 fireplaces in basement; C19
dumb waiter. An internal cross wall 1.2 metre thick corresponds to the
quoining on the rear elevation.

Historical note: Dickens may have stayed at The George in 1838 while writing
'Nicholas Nickleby'; he introduces the Inn into the story.

Late C20 sun-lounge extension at south end of No. 1 is not of interest.

Listing NGR: NZ0861513133

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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