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The Old Cloth Hall (Laura Ashley), Guildford

Description: The Old Cloth Hall (Laura Ashley)

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 May 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 289029

OS Grid Reference: SU9982049596
OS Grid Coordinates: 499820, 149596
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2368, -0.5715

Location: W Meads, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4AU

Locality: Guildford
Local Authority: Guildford Borough Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: GU1 4AU

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Listing Text

(South Side)
1/5/53 The Old Cloth Hall
(Laura Ashley)
(Formerly listed as
Premises occupied by
Surrey Probation and
After Care Service)


Cloth hall, now shop. Built 1629 by Archbishop Abbot and extended in late C19
to the street end. Red-brown brick with orange-red brick on the extensions and
plain tiled roofs. Rectangular plan at right angles to the street with tower
extension to the street (north) end. Two and a half storeys to old range, with
taller 3 stage tower facing the street. Tower: stacks to front and with parapet
around top; octagonal corner turrets under stone domes and finials. Buttressed
on ground and first stages with string courses above. Curved bay rising through
first and second stage on stone, moulded corbel support with stone-quoining and
stone-dressed, mullioned and transomed casement fenestration. 3-light leaded attic
casement above. One 3-light leaded casement window to ground floor left, one to
right flanking 4-centre arched stone door surround with tall plinth moulding.
Older, return range to right facing Jeffries passage with irregular leaded casement
fenestration, the majority C19. Chamfered-surround slit breathers along the first
floor with 3 windows in, later, upper floor above. Wall continues to right along
Jeffries passage at approx 2 metres height with brick-on-edge coping. Rear:- gable
and apex stack with gargoyles to angles. Left hand return front (east side): stone-
dressed mullioned and transomed casement fenestration in irregular arrangement.
Door to left with chamfered stone surround and label moulding over. The Cloth hall
was built on the site of the stables of George Abbot's Hospital of the Blessed
Trinity. Abbot intended it to be a manufactory to revive the woollen cloth industry
in Guildford and endowed it with £100 p.a. In 1656 it was converted to house
paupers and in 1856 it was used for the foundation of George Abbot's School.

Listing NGR: SU9982049601

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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