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Trafford (Metropolitan Authority)
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SJ 76784 88104


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SJ 7688 SE, 10/26

ALTRINCHAM, OLD MARKET PLACE (north side), Old Market Tavern

(Formerly listed as: Unicorn Hotel)



Hotel, incorporating former Town Hall. Hotel early C19, former Town Hall 1849 for Lord Stamford. Brick, rendered brick, stone dressings and slate roofs. 3-storey hotel with 4-bay double gabled east elevation, 3-bay Market Place elevation and a 2-storey 3-bay wing. The former Town Hall abuts to the north, projecting slightly and is of three bays and two storeys having a carriage entry and first floor council chamber. Hotel: projecting plinth, sill bands, decorative cornice over two first-floor windows, pierced bargeboards, yellow brick stacks and flat porch with Tuscan columns and heraldic shield are all late C19 additions. The earlier facade consisted merely of the 11 window openings three of which are blocked and none of which retain sashes, and a doorcase with overlight which still exists. The Market Place elevation was similarly embellished in late C19 and has a total of four stepped 3-light windows on the ground floor, five window openings on the first and three on the second, all with casement windows. Former Town Hall: stone plinth, banded rustication to ground floor, first floor sill band and eaves cornice (formerly bracketed). Ground floor has semi- circular headed openings with keystones over two casement windows and a carriage entry in bay one. The central bay is slightly advanced and has in oriel window with clock turret, classical bellcote and weather-vane above. On either side of the oriel is a tall casement window opening (formerly sashed). Hipped roof.

Listing NGR: SJ7678488104


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 17 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/01766/03
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Barrie S. Dixon. Source Historic England Archive
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