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The Post Office (left hand building)

A Grade II Listed Building in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8569 / 51°51'24"N

Longitude: -4.3049 / 4°18'17"W

OS Eastings: 241362

OS Northings: 220102

OS Grid: SN413201

Mapcode National: GBR DG.T8T7

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.BLHC

Entry Name: The Post Office (left hand building)

Listing Date: 28 November 2003

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82204

Building Class: Commercial

Location: Situated approximately 10m NE of Bank Lane.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Carmarthen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Post Office, 1906-7, by J. Rutherford of the Office of Works, Hayward & Wooster of Bath, contractors. Contract price £6,287. Another source says design was by F. W. Le Feuve, ''HM chief assistant borough surveyor for S. Wales''.
Old photographs show the Post Office originally housed in No 9 King Street, a fine 3 storey town house of 1808 with Ionic porch and ground floor arched windows in arched recesses. This was the house of David Morris MP, sold to the Post Office in 1865 after his death, and rebuilt in 1954 as the Post Office annexe.

Exterior

Post Office, Bath stone ashlar facade with slate roof, parapet and ornate cornice. Three storeys, 5-bays, Edwardian Baroque style. Cornice has modillions, an egg and dart decorated course and acanthus roundel at either end. Second floor windows have moulded stone surrounds to 9-pane horned sashes. First floor 12-pane horned sashes in moulded, shouldered surrounds with big triple keystones extending up into bases of open curved pediments. Upper floor windows have moulded sills. First floor band with POST OFFICE inscribed, over the large keystones of the ground floor openings. Four 12-pane sash windows and door in second bay from left, all in bolection-moulded surrounds with triple keystones. Windows have an apron panel below the sills. Door is beneath a 6-pane fixed overlight, and has a granite step. The second bay from right has a brass post box set into the wall below window. The right hand window was a door in old photographs, with stone open pediment on scroll consoles to doorcase, and letter box was in middle window.

Interior

Ground floor altered.

Reasons for Listing

Included as substantial Edwardian public building with strongly articulated facade in early C18 style.

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