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Town Hall, Colchester

Description: Town Hall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 25 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 117027

OS Grid Reference: TL9957725220
OS Grid Coordinates: 599577, 225220
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8898, 0.8988

Location: High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PJ

Locality: Colchester
Local Authority: Colchester Borough Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CO1 1PJ

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Listing Text

995 (North Side)
Town Hall
TL 9925 SE 5/117 25.3.68.


1898, by John Belcher. Exceptionally rich design in free classical style:
red brick and Portland stone. 3 storeys, lowest one stone-faced with
central entrance, carved brackets to porch support balcony above. 3 pairs
of engaged Corinthian columns rise through 1st and 2nd storeys to
support 2 segmental and one triangular pediment. Large coat of arms
above latter, breaking balustrade to roof. Statues in high relief
between 2nd storey windows.
Victoria tower, on return, rises above pair of bay windows. 162 ft high
topped by statue of St Helena. Lower stage of brick, upper part
of stone: very elaborate with 4 bronze ravens and 4 stone figures -
Fishery, Engineering, Military Defence, Agriculture. One of the bells
is from the Old Town Hall. Circa 1400 (RCHM).

Listing NGR: TL9957725220

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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