Description: Spa Baths
Date Listed: 11 June 1980
English Heritage Building ID: 330198
OS Grid Reference: SE3096671242
OS Grid Coordinates: 430966, 471242
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1361, -1.5275
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SE 3071 RIPON PARK STREET
1/279 (south side)
1904-5. A relatively utilitarian structure with an exceptionally elaborate front.
Red brick, with orange moulded terracotta dressings. Slate roof. One storey, with
2 storey centre piece. This fronts a pyramidally roofed foyer with an ornamental
glazed tile interior, and a glazed clerestory roof: parapet, rising to central
cartouche, and flanked by pilasters, outer ones with ball finials. Round-arched
doorway, with segment-shaped transom, flanked by pilasters, then round-arched
side-lights. Porte cochere with depressed arches between massive piers with
diagonally-placed buttresses rising to complex finials. Mullion and transom windows
either side, 4 bays to east, 3 to west, nearest bays with segmental pediments in
parapet. Rainwater heads dated 1904, and case iron downpipes.
Exceptionally inventive moulded terracotta ornament covering the whole front, mainly
Arts and Crafts in character, but in parts distinctly Art Nouveau.
The foundation stone was laid in 1904 to commemorate the tercentenary of King James I;
Charter. It was opened in 1905 by Princess Henry of Battenberg, accompanied by
Princess Ena (subsequently the last Queen of Spain).
Listing NGR: SE3096671242
Source: English Heritage
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