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34, Farringdon Lane

A Grade II Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

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Latitude: 51.5232 / 51°31'23"N

Longitude: -0.1072 / 0°6'25"W

OS Eastings: 531412

OS Northings: 182169

OS Grid: TQ314821

Mapcode National: GBR N8.25

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.3Z57

Entry Name: 34, Farringdon Lane

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195590

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368890

Location: Islington, London, EC1R

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Clerkenwell

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James Clerkenwell

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/73/390 (East side)


Warehouse and showrooms, now offices. Dated 1875. By Rowland
Plumbe for John Greenwood, a watch and clock manufacturer and
importer. Beige stock brick set in English bond, rubbed red
brick and painted Bath and Portland stone and stucco
dressings; roof obscured by parapet, end-wall brick stacks.
Side-hall entrance plan to right: ground and 1st floors were
originally planned as showrooms; upper floors for warehouse
accomodation. Elaborate Gothic Revival style. Four storeys
with raised basement and attic; 5-window range. Richly
decorated elevation clearly divided into 2 sections, above and
below the 1st floor cornice line; clock to top centre of
gable. Ground-floor arches all in pointed form. Steps rise to
deeply recessed entrance in far right bay: C20 doors and
overlight; scored stucco reveal. To left, ground-floor
recessed casements with plain pointed fanlights, archivolts
and engaged banded columns and antae. 1st-floor stucco sill
band beneath shouldered segmental-arched casement windows;
projecting stucco 1st floor cornice with floral pattern to
frieze. To 2nd and 3rd storeys, two tall arched bays with
stucco recess rising through both storeys into which pairs of
windows with colonnettes have been inserted. Single arched
sashes flank tall arched bays at each floor level. Top floor
with single tall gable that cuts through machicolated cornice
and balustraded parapet: clock to centre of gable set in
roundel; parapet termini piers capped with pyramidal finials.
Gable also capped with elaborate finial. Elevation includes
many details: to gable, coat of arms of Greenwood family; to
tympana above 3rd storey windows are the arms of the City of
London and Middlesex, and the Greenwood family motto 'ut
prosim'; to 2nd storey tympana symbols of the family trade are
included such as the hour glass, the sundial, the sickle and
the serpent. Foundation stone reads: 'This stone was laid by
Amelia Fisher Granddaughter of John Greenwood June V
MDCCCLXXV'. INTERIOR: : altered; mezzanine floor inserted
between ground and 1st floors. This is one of the outstanding
Gothic warehouses in the Farringdon Road area and an important
survival of the local clock-making and watch-making industry,
of which there are few extant examples. Designed by a
well-known architect who was responsible for housing work at
Noel Park.
(Historians File, English Heritage, London Division: 1990-).

Listing NGR: TQ3141782173

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