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Description: Public Record Office
The Public Record Office
Date Listed: 9 January 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 199443
OS Grid Reference: TQ3121381287
OS Grid Coordinates: 531213, 181287
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5153, -0.1104
TQ 3181 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER CHANCERY LANE, WC2
9.1.70 The Public Record Office
Public building. Original part to east partly within City of London,
Fetter Lane q.v., 1853-55 by Sir James Pennethorne, extended with frontage
to Chancery Lane 1891-96 by Sir John Taylor including re-erected C.13
archway of the Rolls Chapel. Pennethorne's work of Bath stone with lead
roofs; Taylor's extension of Portland stone, both rock faced with ashlar
dressings. Pennethorne's building is notable for its fire proof
construction with individual modular document cells built of wrought iron
with shallow arched brick vaults and cast iron girders; the elevations
employing Perpendicular Gothic in very functional way; the Perpendicular
style was continued by Taylor in a rather more elaborated fashion.
Symmetrical front to Chancery Lane with central archway in "gatehouse" and
terminal polygonal turrets with stone ogee cupolas. Symmetrical east-west
range with central "gatehouse" and square tower above, and a more
asymmetrical range with polygonal turrets to Fetter Lane. The Pennethorne
work distinguished by the sheer mullion-buttresses articulating the fully
glazed window bays finished off with depressed triangular arches over the
top floor below pierced parapet and crocketed finials. Similar details to
Taylor extension but with closer net mullions dividing the lights. Part of
the chancel arch of the demolished C.13 Rolls Chapel re-erected against the
rear of the Chancery Lane block at the south east end. Important
Renaissance monuments from the chapel are now in the Record Office museum.
Listing NGR: TQ3121381287
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Source: English Heritage
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