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Description: 40 and 42, High Street
Date Listed: 6 February 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 260656
OS Grid Reference: SJ5409541571
OS Grid Coordinates: 354095, 341571
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9695, -2.6850
WHITCHURCH URBAN C.P. HIGH STREET (south-west
8/100 Nos. 40 and 42
Shop and hotel, now a pair of shops. 1904, by William Webb of Whitchurch.
Red brick; cast-iron facade with red brick parapet. Roof not visible
behind parapet. Front range, with 2 long ranges at right angles to rear.
3 storeys. Cast-iron facade of 4:2:3 bays, divided by panelled square
piers. Round-arched arcaded first floor with columns and pierced
spandrels; second-floor with columns and pierced spandrels, partly
obscured by deep fascia beam. Floors divided by pierced cast-iron
frieze. Parapet with moulded sandstone coping. Brick stack off centre
to right. Plate-glass sashes to first and second floors. Cast-iron
shop-front to left with 2 plate glass windows and pair of cast-iron columns
flanking central half-glazed door. C20 shop-front to right, probably
replacing entrance to former hotel. Deep C20 fascias. Central carriage
entrance flanked by square cast-iron piers. Pair of ranges at rear.
2-storey left-hand range of 8 bays, divided by pilaster strips,with first-floor
segmental-headed 3-light wooden mullioned and transomed windows and blocked
large ground-floor segmental-headed windows. Right-hand range of 3
storeys; windows with stone cills and lintels. Passageway closed off at
far end by 2-storey range with carriageway beneath. Some sources (B.O.E.)
give the date of this building as 1901-2. Joyce's, the famous Whitchurch
clockmakers,formerly occupied this site. It was taken over c.1904 by
W.C. Birchall, the ironmonger, who commissioned the present building.
Birchall's occupied the left-hand part and the Alexandra Temperance Hotel
occupied the right-hand part, with a restaurant on the ground floor at the
front and with accomodation and billiard rooms above. The iron facade
was cast at McFarlane's works in Glasgow. B.O.E., p. 314; Whitchurch
Area Archaeological Group, Whitchurch Rembered, ills. 13 and 14.
Listing NGR: SJ5409541571
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