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Description: Victoria Hotel
Date Listed: 1 May 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 260658
OS Grid Reference: SJ5410841614
OS Grid Coordinates: 354108, 341614
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9699, -2.6848
WHITCHURCH URBAN C.P. HIGH STREET (south-west
8/102 No. 46 (Victoria Hotel)
House, now inn. Early C19,incorporating substantial early C18 core.
Red brick, painted to front. Slate roof. L-plan, with assembly room/
ballroom to rear. 3 storeys. Raised eaves band and thin moulded wooden
cornice to parapet. Integral brick end stack to right and brick ridge
stack off-centre to left. 1:3 bays; 16- and 12-pane glazing bar sashes
with painted stone cills and slightly segmental heads. Ground-floor segmental-
headed tripartite glazing bar sashes. Pair of late C19 doors in second
bay from right, with 3 bolection-moulded panels each, diamond-leaded margin
lights, rectangular overlight, reeded reveals and painted stone Ionic
doorcase with unfluted columns supporting sections of entablature, dentil
cornice, and panelled soffit. Frieze above to former balcony (not in situ
at time of survey - November 1986). First-floor window above with C19
French casements. Decorative wrought-iron pentices over ground-floor windows.
Fire hooks flanking second first-floor window from right. Depressed arched
carriageway to left with boarded tympanum. Side door in tympanum with 6
raised and fielded panels and 3-part rectangular overlight. Rear: 2
stone-coped gables to right, that to right with small integral lateral
brick stack to right and that to centre with integral brick end stack.
Boxed glazing bar sashes. C18 rear wing to left with plat band (to north-
west), central brick ridge stack and brick ridge stack to left. First-
floor boxed glazing bar sash and C20 addition to front. One-storey early
C19 lean-to in angle, with large 16-pane glazing bar sash. Assembly room/
ballroom adjoining at rear: early to mid-C19. Red brick with hipped slate
roof. 2 storeys. Deep eaves. Integral brick end stack to right. 4
bays; wooden cross windows with painted stone cills and slightly-segmental
heads. Ground-floor altered with inserted steel beam over 4 openings.
Left-hand ground-floor corner with ashlar dressings. Left-hand return
front with first-floor wooden cross window. Interior: C18 and early
C19 fittings. Right-hand ground-floor room: early C18 corner buffet
consisting of round arch with moulded architrave, raised and fielded
panels in spandrels, moulded cornice and shaped shelves. C17 ovolo-moulded
beam. C19 fireplace. Early C18 segmental archway to staircase hall
with reeded antae. Early C18 dog-leg staircase rising to attic, with
closed string, turned balusters, moulded handrail and square newel posts
with double quirked beaded corners and moulded caps. Assembly room/ballroom:
moulded cornice and central ceiling rose. The front appears to be an early
C19 refacing of an early C18 building (see straight joint in side wall of
carriageway). The Victoria Hotel was formerly known as The Red Lion.
R.B. James,Whitchurch - Short History (1979),P.8.
Listing NGR: SJ5410841614
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