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Old Town Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9997 / 51°59'59"N

Longitude: -0.988 / 0°59'16"W

OS Eastings: 469569

OS Northings: 233961

OS Grid: SP695339

Mapcode National: GBR 9XQ.P01

Mapcode Global: VHDT2.TZJW

Entry Name: Old Town Hall

Listing Date: 13 October 1952

Last Amended: 15 February 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1282685

English Heritage Legacy ID: 377214

Location: Buckingham, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, MK18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Buckingham

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Buckingham

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

SP 6933 BUCKINGHAM MARKET SQUARE

879-1/6/114 Old Town Hall

13.10.52 II*


Former town hall and court. Built c 1783, incorporating the staircase of the earlier Town Hall of 1685 which was situated to the north of the present building, altered C20. Red brick in Flemish bond, large hipped plain-tile roof: Rectangular main block with semicircular apsidal projection to left and wings to rear left and rear right. 2-storey, 5-window range. Wide central doorway approached by 2 stone steps, with C20 double-leaf doors, fanlight, round-arched head and C20 semicircular iron canopy on wrought-iron brackets. 24-pane sash windows to ground and 1st floors with limestone sills. Ground floor windows are recessed in blank arcade with elliptical arched heads. Wood lintels to ground floor windows, flat-arched heads to 1st floor windows. Rendered plinth, stone cill bands within arches of blank arcade, impost bands to arcade, storey band and dentilled brick eaves. Roof oversails right side wall and has central square, lead-covered oak bell turret with illuminated clock face inserted 1882 and copper ball finial, surmounted by painted copper Swan of Buckingham, the borough crest, which was under restoration at time of survey. 2-storey, rendered apse to left hand side, around which blank arcading and storey band are continued. Within arches curved tripartite sashes at basement level and 12-pane sashes at mezzanine level. Central 6-panel door to basement in pier rising full height of apse and originally continued by a chimney stack. 2-storey wing to rear left has giant niche beside main block, now partly blocked, framing 1st floor window lighting main stair. Right side elevation of main block facing Castle Street has deep timber cove below oversail on moulded rail with dentilled cornice. 2-storey wing to rear right has 3-bay elevation facing Castle Street with central 6-panel double-leaf doors approached by 3 stone steps, with overlight and flat-arched head, flanked by tripartite sashes with similar heads. Blank window to 1st floor above door flanked by 24-pane sashes, all with flat-arched heads. Plinth, cellar windows either side of steps to door, storey band and dentilled brick eaves.

Listing NGR: SP6956833954

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