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Description: The Starting Gate Public House
Date Listed: 14 October 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 201538
OS Grid Reference: TQ3033190498
OS Grid Coordinates: 530331, 190498
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5983, -0.1197
TQ 3090 STATION ROAD
800-1/14/10003 The Starting Gate P H
Public House on a corner site. Built 1875 (the same year as the
opening of Alexandra Palace) as the "Palace Cafe"; a public house by
1896; refitted internally 1899 by Richard Dickenson of-St John Street,
Adelphi. Yellow stock brick with red brick dressings. Public House
frontage with paired pink granite pilasters on a black granite plinth.
6 windows, 1 Window to chamfered angle and 2 windows to St Michael's
Street. 3 storeys and cellars. Each street with a depressed arch
entrance to recessed doorway with double-panelled and part-glazed
doors flanked by panelled and engraved glass screens. Windows have
round-arched glazing and top panels of geometric pattern. Fascia with
cornice. Upper floors have rusticated brick strips at angles and bays.
1st floor 2-pane sashes brick architraved with keystones and timber
open pediments. 2nd floor sashes with gauged brick heads and
continuous brick dentil cornice sill band. similar cornice above to
coped parapet. To left a lower 2-storey, 3-window extension with late
C19 shopfront and central pedimented chimney breast rising through
upper floors. Roundel on chimney breast dated 1875. Interior has cast
iron columns with capitals and many original features including
screens with engraved glass, part of a snob screen, chimney pieces and
an overmantle, lincrusta decoration and a series of framed panels
containing water-colour paintings, mostly pastoral views but one of
Alexandra Palace. Originally known as the Alexandra Palace Hotel, it
became the Alexandra Palace and Railway Hotel when the Great Eastern
Railway station was opened in 1906 and in 1958, when a racecourse was
opened at the bottom of the southern slopes, the Starting Gate.
Listing NGR: TQ3033190498
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