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Description: Former Griffin Hotel, Now Griffin Centre, Including Shops, Bar and First-Floor Former Assembly Room
Date Listed: 6 October 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 203155
OS Grid Reference: TQ1788169147
OS Grid Coordinates: 517881, 169147
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4091, -0.3065
KINGSTON UPON THAMES
59/6/24 MARKET PLACE
06-OCT-1983 (West side)
Former Griffin Hotel, now Griffin Cent
re, including shops, bar and first-flo
or former Assembly Room
Former Griffin Hotel, now shops and bars, and including the first-floor former Assembly Room. Early- mid C19, incorporating some earlier brickwork and with a range probably of the 1860s to rear. Stuccoed brick to front, with painted quoins, cornice and bands, stock brick to rear with red-brick dressings; slate roofs and brick stacks. Three storeys. Long front continuing round from the High Street towards the Market Place, thought originally to have been two buildings. Tripartite composition of three bays, then three-light bow front over late C20 entrance with two bays to right over former carriage entrance now infilled by late C20 shopfront. Upper floors have four-light sashes set in painted architraves, eared on the first floor and with keystones. New central entrance leads to rear shops, with on first floor former assembly room denoted by round-arched windows and glazing bars with a single transom.
Assembly room to rear stylistically of the 1860s, with elaborate plaster decoration. Lozenge-shaped room with arcade on inner wall matching fenestration opposite, with pilasters and round arches bearing plaster heads. The ceiling is a largely tripartite composition of a circle flanked by two diamonds, with central rosette. Doorcase with pediment and moulded architrave.
The Griffin occupies a prominent location at the entrance to Kingston's Market Square, and is recognisably a former coaching inn of early origins. In 1851 it was taken over by John Williams, who established the assembly room to the rear.
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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