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County Hall Main Entrance Block, Ipswich

Description: County Hall Main Entrance Block

Grade: II
Date Listed: 4 August 1972
English Heritage Building ID: 275558

OS Grid Reference: TM1684944528
OS Grid Coordinates: 616849, 244528
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0567, 1.1616

Location: A1071, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2LA

Locality: Ipswich
Local Authority: Ipswich Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: IP4 2LA

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Listing Text

(South Side)

County Hall
Main entrance block
TM 1644 NE 2/319


An early C19 grey gault brick building formerly the courthouse, now the
Shire Hall. The C18 gaol stood at the rear (now demolished). It was designed
by W McIntosh Brooks in 1836, in the Tudor style. Its powerful design well
characterises its original purpose. The frontage is about 150 ft long,
with a central entrance, block with twin castellated tower, castellated
side wings and 2 slightly projecting end pavilions. The central entrance block has
sham machicolations and a stone mullioned and transomed window, casements
with glazing bars, in splayed stone reveals. The windows in the towers have
stone hood moulds. A central entrance door has heavy double doors, each
of 8 panels with a heavy portcullis grille above, set in a 4 centred moulded
brick arch. The side wings are unfenestrated apart from 4 heavily barred
windows low down in the east wing. The end pavilions have 4 centred arched
windows with splayed stone reveals and hood moulds on the ground storey and
stone mullioned and transomed windows with splayed stone reveals on the 1st
storey. A moulded stone string course runs across the wings and end pavilions,
with a central carved stone coat of arms in each wing. The front rises above
a deep battered stone plinth. A shield above the entrance doors bears the
date 1837.

Listing NGR: TM1684944528

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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