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Town Hall, Lewes

Description: Town Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 25 February 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 293228

OS Grid Reference: TQ4154510154
OS Grid Coordinates: 541545, 110154
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8736, 0.0104

Location: 6 A2029, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2DG

Locality: Lewes
Local Authority: Lewes District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN7 2DG

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Listing Text

10/246 (north side)

25.2.52 Town Hall


Inn, now Town Hall. C14, rebuilt above ground in the later C18, remodelled
in 1893 by Samuel Denman in an eclectic Queen Anne - Baroque style. Red brick
with much applied red brick and terracotta decoration. Rusticated pilaster
order on ground floor with full entablature to rusticated first floor with
raised panels around windows. Heavy entablature with swags in frieze of centre
and flutings over windows, to first floor. Moulded cornice over second floor
to parapet with recessed blank arched panels. Central aedicular feature over
centre, with curved supports and triangular pediment over. Parapet hides slate
roof with end stacks. 3 storeys; 8 bays, arranged 2 - 3 - 3, the central 3
projecting and narrower. Sashes throughout, those on ground and first floors
without glazing bare. Single thermal window in centre of second floor and tall
window with arched glazing directly below. Other windows all with cornice-
hoods, those flanking centre with triangular pediments also. Arched window
surrounds on ground floor, except to left of centre with plain surrounds.
Arch mouldings in striped brick and stone with keystones carved as masks.
Arches of centre rise from antae which carry bracket pilasters to heavy Doric
entablature with cast-iron lamp holder over entrance. Paired half-glazed doors
in centre. Half-glazed door on second bay from right. Interior: Undercroft
of C14 with arch and tunnel-vault. Staircase: formerly at Slaugham Place, c.1620,
installed in the Inn during the later C18. Almost certainly not in its original
form, it is now an Imperial with a long first flight. High newel posts,
tapering balusters with capitals, much figural carving. The later C19 and
early C20 front of the Town Hall and Corn Exchange can also seen in Fisher

Listing NGR: TQ4154510154

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Source: English Heritage

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