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Description: Old Museum Rooms
Date Listed: 19 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 275514
OS Grid Reference: TM1608544605
OS Grid Coordinates: 616085, 244605
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0577, 1.1506
1260 MUSEUM STREET
(Old Museum Rooms)
TM 1644 NW 1/124 19.12.51.
The old Museum, opened in 1847 was designed by Christopher Fleury, a local
architect. It is a large red brick building with a stucco front in classical
style with panelled parapet, a plain band (which now replaces the original
cornice) and massive Tuscan orders on octagonal base rising through 2 storeys
at the corners. 2 storeys. 3 window range, double-hung sashes with glazing
bars. The centre part, of doorway and one window range above, breaks forward
slightly. The side windows have moulded and shouldered architraves with
balustraded panels beneath the sills. The centre window has a Venetian style
surround with a semi-circular domed arch with shell ornamentation and flanking
paired Ionic columns with frieze and cornice. The doorway has fluted Doric
pilasters, frieze and cornice, and is flanked by C20 shop fronts. The front
originally has a projecting Doric columned porch. The north side is in panelled
red brick, without windows. In the interior a heavy balustraded staircase
leads to a 1st floor hall which is top lit with a gallery (blocked).
Nos 1 to 11 (odd) and No 13 (Old Museum Rooms) form a group with No 10.
Nos 14 to 32 (even) and Nos 14 and 16, Arcade Street.
Listing NGR: TM1608544605
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Source: English Heritage
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