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The Guildhall, Beverley

Description: The Guildhall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 1 March 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 167421

OS Grid Reference: TA0339439472
OS Grid Coordinates: 503394, 439472
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8412, -0.4301

Location: Register Square, Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 8EB

Locality: Beverley
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HU17 8EB

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Listing Text

9/304 (west side)

The Guildhall

"Photograph" shall be added at the end of the description.


TA 0339 (west side)

The Guildhall

C15, altered internally in 1762-4 by William Middleton, with a porticoed
front of 1832 by Charles Mountain Jnr. Front in sandstone ashlar with
tetrastyle Greek mutular Doric portico to full height, surmounted by triangular
pediment,. Columns fluted from about 5 feet above the ground, Centre doorway
has architrave, frieze, consoles and cornice. 2 windows with architraves
and cornices. 1st floor band, above which is a large projecting tablet.
The interior is very important, with the Court Room having a coved plaster
ceiling elaborately decorated by Guiseppe Cortese with a bas-relief of
Justice in the centre. Cortese also provided the handsome Royal and Town
arms and other original fittings include Chippendale chairs. Stucco work
to the walls. Doric columns and matching balusters of the small stair
were formerly part of Hawksmoor's Minister galleries, removed in 1826.
The richly carved frame to the Mayor's seat is based on the 3rd edition
of Chippendale's 'Director' by Edmund Foster of Hull. Apsidal Jury Room,
with panelled walls and a fine chimney piece. Judgement seat of 1604.
The Mayor's parlour is a top-lighted room of circa 1836. N M R

Listing NGR: TA0339439472

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Source: English Heritage

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