County Hall Main Entrance Block

15 Apr 2003
County Hall Main Entrance Block, St Helen's Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2LA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


1260 ST HELEN'S STREET (South Side)

County Hall Main entrance block TM 1644 NE 2/319



An early C19 grey gault brick building formerly the courthouse, now the Shire Hall. The C18 gaol stood at the rear (now demolished). It was designed by W McIntosh Brooks in 1836, in the Tudor style. Its powerful design well characterises its original purpose. The frontage is about 150 ft long, with a central entrance, block with twin castellated tower, castellated side wings and 2 slightly projecting end pavilions. The central entrance block has sham machicolations and a stone mullioned and transomed window, casements with glazing bars, in splayed stone reveals. The windows in the towers have stone hood moulds. A central entrance door has heavy double doors, each of 8 panels with a heavy portcullis grille above, set in a 4 centred moulded brick arch. The side wings are unfenestrated apart from 4 heavily barred windows low down in the east wing. The end pavilions have 4 centred arched windows with splayed stone reveals and hood moulds on the ground storey and stone mullioned and transomed windows with splayed stone reveals on the 1st storey. A moulded stone string course runs across the wings and end pavilions, with a central carved stone coat of arms in each wing. The front rises above a deep battered stone plinth. A shield above the entrance doors bears the date 1837.

Listing NGR: TM1684944528


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1462 IOE Records taken by Maxwell Newport; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Maxwell Newport. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Newport, Maxwell

Rights Holder: Newport, Maxwell


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