Custom House

9 Sep 1999
Custom House, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ
Photograph (Digital)


This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


SZ0090SE THE QUAY 958-1/17/187 (North side) 14/06/54 Custom House


Custom house. 1781, altered 1814. Flemish bond brickwork with stone dressings and rubbed brick arches, ridge and a rear lateral stacks and a hipped slate roof. Mid Georgian style. Double-depth plan with principal rear first-floor room. 2 storeys and semi-basement; 3-bay front. Double-fronted with a basement impost band, moulded timber eaves, and the central pedimented bay set forward. Porch with Tuscan columns and entablature to double panelled doors, above a keyed, segmental-arched basement doorway wiht half-glazed door, and approached by symmetrical segmental curved stairs with wrought-iron railings. Round-arched basement and flat-arched upper windows, the centre first-floor window blank, with 3/3-pane and ground-floor 6/6-pane sashes. 4-window side returns both have basement doorways and blocked upper windows, otherwise similar with similar fenestration. Above the porch a cast-iron Royal Coat of Arms, restored c1990. INTERIOR: ground-floor altered; reported to contain a rear axial stair flight, and a roof with 4 paired king-post trusses, 2 on each tiebeam. HISTORICAL NOTE: the original Custom House was destroyed by fire in 1813 and replaced in replica; it was itself a rebuilding of the late C18 Red Lion Coffee House. The notable entrance steps were copied from the Guildhall (qv). The Custom House has a strong group value with the Town Cellar (qv) and Harbour Office (qv) on the old quay, illustrative of the old quayside, and forming the entrance to Thames Street. (RCHME: County of Dorset (South East): London: 1970-: 204; Gentleman's Magazine: London: 1812-: PT II, 478; Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Newman J: Dorset: London: 1972-: 321).

Listing NGR: SZ0087290296


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1537 IOE Records taken by Jo Parsons; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mrs Jo Parsons. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Parsons, Jo

Rights Holder: Parsons, Jo


Brick, Slate, Stone, Wrought Iron, Georgian Coffee House, Commercial, Eating And Drinking Establishment, Custom House, Civil, Maritime, Maritime Office, Steps, Transport, Pedestrian Transport Site, Railings, Monument <By Form>, Barrier

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