History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Abbey Chambers

A Grade II Listed Building in Central, City of Bristol

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4536 / 51°27'12"N

Longitude: -2.5965 / 2°35'47"W

OS Eastings: 358649

OS Northings: 172902

OS Grid: ST586729

Mapcode National: GBR C7K.RS

Mapcode Global: VH88M.YQ6K

Entry Name: Abbey Chambers

Listing Date: 4 March 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202084

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379187

Location: Bristol, BS1

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Central

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Bristol St Stephen with St James and St John the Baptist with St Michael and St George

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

Find accommodation in
Bristol

Listing Text


BRISTOL

ST5872NE CLARE STREET, Centre
901-1/16/540 (South East side)
04/03/77 Nos.4, 6 AND 8
Abbey Chambers

GV II

Includes: Nos.1, 3 AND 5 BALDWIN STREET Centre.
Bank, now offices. 1883. By Frederick Mew, reportedly
completed 1897 by RM Drake. Altered 1924 by Benjamin
Wakefield. Limestone ashlar, carboniferous limestone doorways,
brick and limestone cross-axial stacks, roof not visible.
Double-depth plan to a 2-sided wedge-shaped site. Eclectic
Italian Renaissance Revival style. 3 storeys and attic;
8-window range. A heavily decorated front and similar rear
elevation to Baldwin Street. Pedimented 5-window section set
forward with a 3-window left-hand section, divided by square
pilasters through a ground-floor fascia and cornice to a
modillion cornice. Pilasters are banded on the ground floor to
fluted necks and acanthus capitals, and paired fascia
consoles; plain above to small segmental pediments over lion
heads, fluted necks and carved head consoles beneath the
cornice.
A large ornate doorway has deep fluted consoles to a 3-centre
arch, adorsal Assyrian sphinxes above flank a swan's neck
pediment, and brackets each side to a fluted frieze and
pediment formed from the cornice, with acroteria; small
pedimented name panels on the jambs. C20 shop fronts each
side; the left-hand section has distyle-in-antis pilasters
decorated as the end ones.
Upper floors articulated by attached Corinthian columns to the
right and pilasters to the left, with fluted necks.
First-floor windows have pilaster jambs and entablature
lintels, console pilasters to pediments over the 3 above the
doorway, and to the middle of the wing; second floor has
pilaster jambs; C20 plate-glass windows. The frieze has small
sunken roundels set in wreaths, and acroteria to the shallow
pediment, with a low parapet behind and a central stack topped
by a segmental pediment.
The rear elevation is a 7-window range, with carboniferous
limestone doorways at each end and plate-glass shop fronts.
The doorways have banded, ovolo surrounds, consoles to shallow
pediments and rectangular lights above; upper floors
articulated as the Clare Street centre, the first floor has
alternate narrow windows with pilaster jambs, and pedimented
ones as Clare Street, with second-floor pilaster jambs and
wreaths to the entablature, which is dated 1855, 1883 and
1925. Balustrade over windows. INTERIOR: refurbished 1992.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 839).


Listing NGR: ST5864972902

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.