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Description: Ashington Co-Operative Society Premises
Date Listed: 18 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 235921
OS Grid Reference: NZ2766987796
OS Grid Coordinates: 427669, 587796
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1837, -1.5670
ASHINGTON WOODHORN ROAD
NZ 28 NE (North side)
Shopping arcade with offices and ballroom above. 1924 by Harrison, Ash and
Blythe of Newcastle, ground floor remodelled as department store 1976. Front
and stair hall in white terracotta moulded to resemble tooled ashlar, returns
and rear yellow brick in English Garden Wall Bond 1 and 3; red tile roof.
Street front 3 storeys, 13 windows. Ground floor has tall plinth and wide
5-bay arcade, formerly open, with 1976 shop fronts in lugged archi-traves; short
bay at each end has channelled rustication and panelled double doors, with
radial-glazed overlights, in surrounds with deeply-inswept jambs and moulded
lintels. Upper floors, above broad band, have 9-bay Giant Ionic Order. 1st-
floor windows in architraves; frieze with leaded inscription ASHINGTON INDUSTRIAL
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD; mansard roof. To each side a broader rusticated bay
with a giant arch enclosing tripartite 1st floor window and segment-headed 2nd
floor window, below frieze with key pattern and parapet stepped up at centre;
lower end bays have broad pilasters, windows in linked architrave and shallow-
gabled parapet. Metal-framed casements with diagonal glazing bars, replaced on
1st floor of left rusticated bay and adjacent bay of centre.
Right return shows large boarded door of original covered cart dock.
Interior: stair hall has rusticated rear wall and closed-string imperial stair
with moulded balusters and handrail (and additional bronze handrail with
scrolled ends, on cast-iron standards) leading up to balconies. Panelled dado,
openings in architraves, panelled plaster ceiling. 2nd floor ballroom, now
warehouse, with segmental proscenium arch and arched ceiling with patterned
Listing NGR: NZ2766987796
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Source: English Heritage
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