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Description: Manor Court House
Date Listed: 27 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 165144
OS Grid Reference: SE7828903807
OS Grid Coordinates: 478289, 403807
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5251, -0.8205
SE 7803-7903 EPWORTH MARKET PLACE
20/83 Manor Court House
Court House, now offices and library. 1802-3 for Alexander Johnson, Lord of
the Manor. Later C19 rear addition and infilling to ground-floor arcade.
Red brick, with front of fine red stock brick in Flemish bond with ashlar
dressings; infilling of red brick with yellow brick and ashlar dressings.
Rendered plinth to front. Welsh slate roof. Rectangular on plan, with
later coach-house outshut to rear. 2 storeys, 5 bays. Chamfered plinth.
Ground-floor arcade of 5 painted ashlar keyed and channelled elliptical
arches on brick pilasters with moulded ashlar bases and raised imposts.
Round-headed entrance to fourth bay has step to 2-fold 8-fielded-panel door
and 3-pane fanlight beneath occulus, in round-headed recessed panel with
3-course yellow brick header arch. Flanking arches each have inserted
recessed panels containing tripartite windows with stepped round-headed
lights with glazing bars, raised ashlar imposts, and yellow brick header
arches. Rectangular clock face above entrance inscribed: EMI 1837.
First floor: slightly recessed 12-pane sashes in architraves, with narrow
glazing bars and projecting sills beneath keyed and rusticated cambered
wedge lintels. Moulded eaves cornice. Inappropriate C20 gutter. Hipped
roof. 3 rear wall stacks. Right return has segmental-headed recessed panel
to ground floor. Rear: 12-pane sash stairwindow to first floor left; coach-
house outshut has segmental-headed carriage entrance with double board
doors, segmental-headed window (boarded-up at time of resurvey) and round-
headed door to left. Interior. Entrance hall has original open-well
closed-string staircase with moulded handrail, column balusters and newel
posts. Moulded cornices, 4-panelled doors in architraves throughout. The
Court House has been used by The Epworth Mechanics Institute since 1837, and
houses their library in the hall on the first floor. The rear outshut
formerly housed the town's fire engine. An illustration of c1858 shows the
open ground-floor arcade with plain iron railings. W Read, History of the
Isle of Axholme, 1858, p 130.
Listing NGR: SE7828903807
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Source: English Heritage
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