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Description: Town Hall
Date Listed: 10 February 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 305224
OS Grid Reference: SP0908257521
OS Grid Coordinates: 409082, 257521
Latitude/Longitude: 52.2158, -1.8685
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ALCESTER HENLEY STREET
4/66 Town Hall
Town hail. c.1618, upper storey completed and dated 1641 on a tie beam; arcades
filled in 1873 (VCH). Ground floor built by Simon White of Chipping Camden.
Ground floor of regular coursed lias, with yellow limestone columns and arches,
moulded string course and dressings. Arcades filled in with regular coursed
stone. Upper floor timber framed with C20 rendering. Old tile roof, patched with
recent tile; 2 brick ridge chimneys. 2 storeys; 6 x 2 bays. Ground floor: Arcade
of 6 round arches with keystones, and short baseless Tuscan columns with
pronounced entasis. Identical entrances in first and last bays have C19
four-panelled doors and fanlights with glazing bars, in Gibbs surrounds and arch
with keystone. Round arched windows with glazing bars in similar surrounds.
First floor has horizontal sliding sashes above first, third and fifth arches.
Right return side: ground floor has similar windows. C19 wood 3-light mullioned
and transomed windows on first flobr. Left return side has single arch and
window to right. On left blind 3-light stone mullioned window, largely renewed.
Rear similar to front, but of 5 arches only. In place of sixth arch a broad
plank door under a C19 four-centred arch, with a 3-light stone mullion window
above and to the left. Interior: Ground floor is a single room with moulded
ceiling beams and cast iron pillars. Former lock-up in south-west bay. C17 and
C20 staircases. First floor has 5-bay hall open to roof. Octagonal moulded wall
posts. Hammer beam roof, formerly queen post trusses with central section of
moulded tie beams cut away. Curved braces and additional collar with queen
struts. Longitudinal rib between collars. Late C17/early C18 double-leaf
8-panelled doors. C20 fireplace. A plaque on the exterior records that the Town
Hall was bought from the Lord of the Manor, the Marquess of Hertford, by public
subsciption in 1919 as a War Memorial. Scheduled Ancient Monument Warwickshire
(V.C.H.: Warwickshire, Vol.III, p.9j Buildings of England: Warwickshire, p.60).
Listing NGR: SP0908257521
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Source: English Heritage
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