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Latitude: 51.4539 / 51°27'14"N
Longitude: -2.5961 / 2°35'46"W
OS Eastings: 358674
OS Northings: 172939
OS Grid: ST586729
Mapcode National: GBR C7K.TN
Mapcode Global: VH88M.YQD9
Entry Name: 15, Clare Street
Listing Date: 4 March 1977
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1202087
English Heritage Legacy ID: 379192
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
ST5872NE CLARE STREET, Centre
901-1/16/545 (North West side)
Formerly known as: No.15 City Fire Office CLARE STREET.
Office. 1889. By EH Edwards. Limestone ashlar with terracotta
details, tile-hung third floor, brick and ashlar banded
lateral and ridge stacks, and slate roof hipped to the corner.
Double-depth plan. Queen Anne style.
4 storeys, attic and basement; 3-window range. A corner site
has an entrance in the splayed corner beneath a 2-storey oriel
bow, with 3 windows to the right return, and an open loggia on
the third floor.
The ground floor is rendered beneath a sill band with an
egg-and-dart cornice; first and second floors have sill bands
and strings, paired pilasters with swagged capitals to each
floor, red terracotta panels with festoon and ribbons to
first-floor aprons, and a cornice with a balustrade of
strapwork panels and dies with urns. The third floor has an
open loggia of elliptical arches, 1 to Clare Street and 3 to
St Stephen's Avenue, with 2 semicircular arches to the corner
and right-hand side, a central lateral stack, and an ashlar
dormer in the right return to the right with a stone Ipswich
window and cyma gable topped by a broken pediment.
The entrance has half pilasters to an entablature, incised
voussoirs to a semicircular-arched doorway with wrought-iron
grille and double doors, 4 raised panels below 4 upper panels
with lozenges. The left-hand doorway has shallow squat
pilasters with scrolled shoulders beneath a thick lintel and
steep pediment, and similar doors. Similar paired pilasters to
semicircular-arched ground-floor windows with egg-and-dart
label; the oriel has a swagged bowed base.
Second- and third-floor windows in recessed canted bays, with
Ipswich windows and stained glass above the transoms; 3-light
mullion and transom corner bow, with a small flush bowed
mullion and transom window above the left-hand doorway.
Third-floor windows have casements, with a canted bay to the
left-hand side; the right-hand dormer gable has a small window
with glazing bars; paired dormers to the right return
separated by a banded stack, and similar stacks to the end
gables and Clare Street front. Basement windows have segmental
arches, tripartite to the middle, with wrought-iron grilles.
INTERIOR: largely remodelled late C20.
Based on Norman Shaw's town house designs, with inventive
details of Edwards' own.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 405).
Listing NGR: ST5867372941
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