A mid C19 purpose-built commercial premises.
Reason for Listing
* Architectural Interest: As a representative example of a purpose-built urban premises, built in the first half of C19 in a monumental character, with rusticated stone ground floor and archway with giant keystones.
* Historic Interest: Incorporating a flight of steps linking the street, in a ravine, to the Market Place to the north so aiding circulation in a difficult terrain and predating St Petersgate Bridge, which was built to address this problem.
* Group Value: No.13 forms a composition with the adjacent St Petersgate Bridge, which also has pedestrian steps, and Nos.1-25 (odd) form a group of urban commercial premises on one of Stockport's main streets.
No.13 Little Underbank was built in the mid C19 as a commercial premises. Little Underbank lies in the natural ravine of Tin Brook to the south side of the Market Place, which caused problems of access to the market. The building incorporated a steep flight of steps up from the street to the Market Place. A route up to the Market Place is shown in this position on a map of 1824 and the building and flight of steps are shown on the 1:1056 Ordnance Survey map of 1849.
PLAN: Rectangular with passageway though building on right-hand side containing a flight of steps.
EXTERIOR: Three storeys with a flat roof; an upper storey was removed in the C20. The tall ground floor has a rusticated stone surround with three giant keystones and a late C20 shop front. To the right is a tall, rusticated arched opening with giant keystone and steps leading up through an integral passageway beneath the upper floors to the Market Place. It has an iron wall sign reading TO MARKET PLACE. On the first floor are three windows with continuous sill and lintel bands. The second floor has four windows with stone lintels and a continuous flush lintel band. The windows are two-over-two pane hung sashes. The steps have been restored. There are two windows facing onto the stairway and an arched opening towards the top.
The building is structurally distinct from the neighbouring St Petersgate Bridge with which it has group value.
INTERIOR: Not inspected.
Source: English Heritage
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