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Register Office, Bradford

Description: Register Office

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 June 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 336851

OS Grid Reference: SE1628133452
OS Grid Coordinates: 416281, 433452
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7971, -1.7543

Location: 2 Broad Street, Bradford BD1 4QR

Locality: Bradford
County: Bradford
Country: England
Postcode: BD1 4QR

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Listing Text

(east side)

No 22
SE 1633 SW 36/138 14.6.63 (Register Office)


Built as Poor Law Offices in 1877, Andrews and Pepper architects. The building
presents a well proportioned 3 bay palazzo front to Manor Row but extends well
back on a deep site with more heavily detailed elevations to the long side ranges.
Three storeys, sandstone ashlar. Rusticated plinth, horizontal grooved rustication
to ground and to quoin pilasters up to second floor where they are simply panelled.
Deeply moulded cornices over ground and first floors. Sill course at first floor
level gives the effect of an apshalt parapet. Deep modillion bracket eaves cornice
broken forward over quoin pilasters. Ripped slate roof with enriched Italianate
chimney stacks set above eaves to sides. Plain segmental arched windows on ground
floor, architrave surrounds on first floor with panelled aprons and prominent
cornice - hoods on console brackets, floral swags to friezes. The central window is
emphasised by a richly modelled aedicule surround with segmental pediment overall
breaking the first floor cornice. The second floor windows have eared architrave
surrounds. The central portal has pedestaled Cornithian columns backed by pilasters,
deeply moulded entablature. The broad spacing of the fenestration gives full value
to the quality of the wall surface. The return elevations are more crowded though
with similar details, the bays divided 4:2:2 by pilasters repeating the design of
those flanking the front. Large canted bay to first floor taking up 2 bays off
centre. The front elevation closes vista of Upper Piccadilly.

Listing NGR: SE1628133452

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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