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The Town Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Swanage, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6084 / 50°36'30"N

Longitude: -1.9589 / 1°57'32"W

OS Eastings: 403002

OS Northings: 78743

OS Grid: SZ030787

Mapcode National: GBR 459.PKH

Mapcode Global: FRA 67SG.GN0

Entry Name: The Town Hall

Listing Date: 26 June 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1323621

English Heritage Legacy ID: 108186

Location: Swanage, Purbeck, Dorset, BH19

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Civil Parish: Swanage

Built-Up Area: Swanage

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Swanage St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

HIGH STREET
1.
5190
(north side)
No 64
(The Town Hall)
SZ 0278 NE 5/60 26.6.52
II GV

2.
Built 1882. Architect G Crickmay. Incorporates the front of the Mercers' Hall,
from Cheapside, London, designed by Edward Jarman in 1668 and brought to Swanage by
George Burt. The main building of Purbeck Stone, of 2-storeys, the Mercers' Hall
front of Portland Stone. The ground storey has a round-arched doorway in a rusticated
surround, surmounted by carved cherubs supporting a central figure. Above this is a
projecting balcony, with an ornamental iron balustrade, carried on massive carved
console brackets. At first floor level, a pair of doors leads on to the balcony.
The doors are set in a semi-circular arch, with moulded surround, and a flat hood on
console brackets, with carved ornament in the spandrels. Above this is an elliptical
window with carved surround. The whole of this stage is set in a frame with Tuscan
pilasters supporting a broken pediment. In the centre of this is a semi-circular
niche with circular windows on each side above the pediment. The whole composition,
which extends above the eaves of the main building, is finished with a moulded
dentil cornice and balustraded parapet. On each side of the entrance doorway are
ornamental cast iron lamp standards, cast at Coalbrookdale. RCHM Monument 4.


Listing NGR: SZ0300278743

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