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Former Corn Exchange, Hitchin

Description: Former Corn Exchange

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 October 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 161604

OS Grid Reference: TL1836229082
OS Grid Coordinates: 518362, 229082
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9477, -0.2793

Location: Bucklersbury, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DY

Locality: Hitchin
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG5 1DY

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added;

TL 1829 SW 1/339 (West side)
No 32 (Former Corn Exchange)

Corn exchange. 1853. Red brick with stucco facade; Welsh slate roofs. Corn
exchange hall built to rear of offices to front. Two-storey facade in Mannerist
Classical style. Two large ground-floor windows with glazing bars, are flanked
by Tuscan half-columns; central door architrave, with chamfered jambs and
projecting keyblock, is set in wide Tuscan pilaster; Tuscan end pilasters to
carved brackets flanking plain frieze with egg-and-dart cornice. Rusticated
quoin strips to moulded parapet shaped over central Venetian window with margin-
light sashes; fielded infill panels. Facade crowned by elaborate timber bell
cupola. Hall to rear has panelled door with decorative fanlight, and plate
glass to glazed clerestorey and lantern. Interior: stick-baluster staircase to
front. Vestibule to left of hall lit by glazed dome. Hall has cast-iron columns
to lattice girders and springing for wrought-iron roof of c.1895: sickle-girder
trusses with semi-circular arched ribs set within upper tier of trusses to
lantern. Clock to rear presented in 1853 by farmers attending market.

Listing NGR: TL1836229082

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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