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Former Exchequer Building, Now University Library

A Grade I Listed Building in Elvet and Gilesgate, County Durham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.7749 / 54°46'29"N

Longitude: -1.5764 / 1°34'35"W

OS Eastings: 427344

OS Northings: 542299

OS Grid: NZ273422

Mapcode National: GBR KFF7.H4

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.R7HV

Entry Name: Former Exchequer Building, Now University Library

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1160838

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110408

Location: County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 SW
14/352

DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE,
PALACE GREEN (West side),
Former Exchequer Building, now university library

GV I

Chancery and exchequer courts, now library. Between 1438 and 1457 for Bishop
Neville. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings; stone-flagged roof.
3 storeys, 2 bays. Steps down to studded, ledged boarded door at right of
first bay in 2-centred-arched surround with fragments of roll moulding on
lower course, renewed on course above, and chamfer above that. Ground-floor
windows at left and at right have 3 Tudor-headed lights and label moulds.
First-floor windows have 3 round-headed stepped lights; second floor has 3
windows with 2 round-headed lights, all under dripmoulds and with chamfered
surrounds. Neville arms (ears removed from horse's head) between upper windows
under canopy on angel bracket. Eaves string; parapet, formerly battlemented,
has roll-moulded coping.

Interior: central passage to 12-ribbed vault; newel stair to right of this;
a second newel survives in part at rear of building, heavily weathered. C17
open-well stair has widely-spaced barley-sugar twist balusters, closed string
and high grip handrail; partly renewed. Many stop-chamfered flat Tudor-
arched door surrounds, including those to Chancery Court and Exchequer Court,
now one room. Masons' mark (W with central projecting cross) on these and
on a third ground-floor door. Square-headed door at rear has stopped chamfer
with narrower chamfer below. Original stop-chamfered beams and ceilings over
both floors, the beams with 3 hollow chamfers.


Listing NGR: NZ2734442299

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