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Description: Corn Exchange
Date Listed: 4 August 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 275490
OS Grid Reference: TM1621344585
OS Grid Coordinates: 616213, 244585
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0574, 1.1524
1260 KING STREET
TM 1644 NW 1/307
A large late C19 stone fronted commercial building in Renaissance style with
a strong French influence. It was built 1878-82 by Brightwen Binyon of Ipswich
and adjoins the Town Hall on the south with which it makes an interesting
block of High Victorian civic architecture. 3 storeys and attics, with a
parapet With urns and a bold modillion cornice. Cornices also run at 1st
and 2nd storey window sill levels. The south front on King Street has 3
projecting wings above a continuous ground storey of shops and a central
entrance way. The end wings each have 2 window range on the 2nd storey and
3 window range on the 1st storey, the centre wing has 4 window range on the
2nd storey and 3 window range on the 1st storey, the return side of each
wing has one window range and the recessed bays each have 2 windows rising
through 2 storeys. The east front, on Princes Street has 8 window range
on the 2nd storey and 10 window range on the 1st storey. The windows are
grouped in 1,2 and 3 lights framed by pilasters, all are double-hung sashes
without glazing bars. The 2nd storey windows have round headed arches with
architraves and short Corinthian columns with a cornice at impost level and
the 1st storey windows have stilted segmental arches with architraves and
short. Corinthian colunms. The ground storey has shop windows between rusticated
piers. The attics are lit by high dormers. 2 light in the centres and one
light at the outer ends, with pilasters and pediments (segmental to the outer
dormers). Roofs slate, with French style pavilions and ornamental iron railings
at the ridge lines.
The Swan Inn and the Corn Exchange form a group with the National Westminster
bank in Princes Street and Nos 1 and 2 Arcade Street.
The Corn Exchange also forms a group with the Town Hall which adjoins it on
Listing NGR: TM1621344585
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Source: English Heritage
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