This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.
TL5438 EAST STREET 669-1/2/141 (North side) Police Station including area railings, gateway and walls
Police station. Dated 1884 completed 1886. Red brick, English bond in Elizabethan style with stone dressings, front and side elevations partly decorated with burnt headers in diaper pattern, timber framing and plaster in some gables, clay tile roofs with crested ridge tiles. 2 storey, prominent stacks and cornice between floors. Plan approximately rectangular with short rear, end cross-wings. First floor loft extension over and beyond carriageway at W end and now supported by larger rectangular C20 ground floor building. S front elevation: slightly asymmetrical composition of long range with off centre front doorway set in porch and twin facade-gabled 2-window range that also breaks forward from main block. Porch, pedimented with broad moulded architrave, pedimented shield above (Essex and Saffron Walden), with support wall shaped up as Dutch gable. Doorway round headed, leaf decorated spandrels and 1884 date, fully glazed with inner glass door. Windows of facade all segment headed with gauged brick voussoirs, casements of cross type with lower additional glazing bar. Central unit has 4 ground floor and 2 larger first floor window beneath gables. To W, simple 3-light ground floor window, to E, doorway in similar style plastered, under segment head and with side lights. Door has 2x2 panes upper glazing. To E, 3-light window as at W end. First floor, 2-light window over doorway. Large stack with brick corbelled cornice at E end over crow-stepped gable end. Similar stack towards W end and 2 further stacks central, behind roof apex. To W, tile-hung loft with crested roof tiles and weather vane at W, set well back over simple wooden arched carriageway. 2-leaved boarded door. C20 projecting flat roofed red brick block supports W end of loft and has two 2-light C20 casement windows. W end elevation: gable of street range to S with cornice continued. 2 further facade gables adjacent at N with timber, plaster and tile hanging, each with a cross window. 2 prominent stacks, one each to front range and end wing. Central deep flush segment headed porch with internal steps and inner arched doorway, cross window each side. To N, gable end of deep tile-hung loft, simple single light window, below, C20 block has small rear extension and 3 casement windows. E, end elevation: crow stepped gable of street range has large external stack with cornice continued. Single light window above each side of stack. To N, wing, 2-window range, cross style but only single window on first floor under projecting tile hung dormer gable. Large stack seen on N gable apex and another behind roof apex. Side of ground floor lean-to porch at N end. Rear, N elevation: principal range and end wings with loft at W end. 3 intermediate facade gables between wings, inset at W end. Large stacks to each wing and 3 intermediate behind gables. First floor windows irregular grouping of cross and single light type. Ground floor has central rail-guarded cell windows and plain door in inset bay. E wing gable wall has hip roofed porch, 2 inner doors with 4 panels, one with upper glazing. W wing gable wall, one of 2 originally cross windows now blocked. Loft room has central framed and boarded 2-leaf door and adjacent 4-paned window. INTERIOR, not inspected. WALL AND RAILINGS: the frontage has wrought-iron square section spear top railings set on a red brick dwarf wall with stone shaped coping. Railings and central 2-leaved gateway decorated with restrained scrolls and leaves. Wall continues each side in front of garden to E, interrupted to W, fronting court. Brick piers have roll moulded arrises and stone caps.
Listing NGR: TL5406938479