The Kings Arms Public House, Plymouth
Description: The Kings Arms Public House
Date Listed: 9 November 1998
English Heritage Building ID: 473702
OS Grid Reference: SX4557054334
OS Grid Coordinates: 245570, 54334
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3686, -4.1728
Location: Pembroke Street, Plymouth PL1 4JS
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SX4554 PEMBROKE STREET, Devonport
740-1/54/146 (West side)
The Kings Arms Public House
Includes: The Kings Arms Public House GEORGE STREET Devonport.
Public house on street corner. Late C19.
MATERIALS: polychrome brick with dressed stone, terracotta and
glazed tile detail; roof hidden behind coped parapet with
moulded cornices and turned balustrades above windows; turret
on corner with heavy moulded cornice above bracketed frieze
and tower to right of return with steep pyramidal copper roof
and finial behind a balustraded parapet with moulded cornice;
at least 1 brick stack.
PLAN: long rectangular plan with canted corner bay.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys plus octagonal corner turret, with keyed
round-arched windows with octagonal angle mullions (above
2-storey oriel), and tower with Diocletian windows to upper
stage. Road frontage to George Street and longer return into
Pembroke Street is 1:1:5:1 bays. Corner bay has 3-light oriel
windows over round-arched doorway with chamfered jambs and
fanlight with margin panes over C20 door. Tower bay has 2
keyed window openings over a round-arched doorway with
small-paned fanlight and original panelled door. The other
bays have moulded eared architraves to 1st and 2nd-floor
windows, those to 1st floor with keyblocks and moulded
entablature; 2-light transomed casements with glazing bars
above the transoms. Moulded entablature with trailing frieze
above ground floor which has round-arched window openings with
moulded glazed arches with stepped keys, the arches springing
from glazed piers above an ashlar pedestal/plinth, and there
are cartouches to the spandrels; 3-light windows with double
transoms and glazing bars above the transoms.
INTERIOR: not inspected except to note elaborate moulded and
carved cornice to large ground-floor bar.
Included as an externally impressive and well-detailed example
of a late C19 public house design.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1990-:
Listing NGR: SX4557054334
Source: English Heritage
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