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City of Portsmouth (Unitary Authority)
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SU 64028 00177



SU6400SW GUILDHALL SQUARE, Landport 774-1/21/264 The Guildhall 25/09/72


Guildhall. 1886-90. By William Hill of Leeds, reconstructed after Second World War bomb damage 1955-59. Ashlar stone. Flat lead roofs. Massive Italianate Classical style. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, high basement and attic. 17 bays. (End bays and each of the 2 bays flanking centre are blind). At centre is a giant hexastyle Corinthian portico, entablature with modillioned cornice and pediment with sculptured tympanum crowned with statue of Neptune set on acroterion, ante-fixae at each side with surmounted sculptured figure. Flanking portico is a pedestal, each with couchant lion. Grand splayed central staircase rising 32 steps to column bases then 5 steps approach main entrance. Large 2-leaf door, each leaf with 10 moulded panels set under stone frieze, wide flanking Doric pilasters each with sculptured shaft, frieze and cornice. Over on first floor is a round-headed casement, recessed behind balustrade, with leaded lights set under round stone arch with similar flanking Doric pilasters. On left and right of entrance is a projecting wing, each flanked by a giant Corinthian pilaster, and each face has an incised panel with floating frieze and cornice. At roof level on each side of the portico is a cupola with, on each face, a round-arched opening with keystone and moulded imposts, flanking Ionic pilasters, entablature with dentilled cornice, stone dome with swept top. At centre and to rear of cupolas is a 3-tier tower with horizontal rusticated base, cornice with swag below. Middle bell stage has on each side a round-arched opening with curved reveals set behind a balustrade, moulded round stone arch, keystone and moulded imposts; paired Corinthian pilasters at each corner, entablature with modillioned cornice. Top stage has balustrade with corner open columned turrets, clock face on each side with pediment, parapet with recessed corners crowned by mid-C20 flat topped octagonal storey (replacing the original dome and cupola). On the left and right of the portico is a horizontal rusticated high basement each with two 8-panelled 2-leaf doors with 12-pane overlight and two 24-pane metal casements each set under heavy moulded cornice. Giant Corinthian columns tetrastyle in antis running through ground and first floors, entablature with modillioned cornice, balustraded parapet. To facade behind columns are 5 metal casements running integral

through ground and first floors; each casement has 2 square panes top and bottom and 2 long centre panes. At each end is a blind projecting bay with giant Corinthian clasping pilasters, each face with an incised panel and floating frieze and cornice. At roof level recessed behind each corner is a mid C20 square structure (replacing the original cupola). To left and right return each facade 13 bays wide is similar except that the first floor casements are each set under a round arch and central 7 bays project with giant Corinthian columns. The INTERIOR and rear elevation were completely rebuilt mid C20. (Balfour A: Portsmouth: Highgate Hill, London: 1970-: 59, 60; Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs: Portsmouth: 1974-: 106; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth: 1967-: 445).

Listing NGR: SU6402800165


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Books and journals
Balfour, A, Portsmouth, (1970), 59,60
Lloyd, D W , Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs, (1974), 106
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1967), 445


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: 28 Jul 2003
Reference: IOE01/04893/23
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Glyn Edmunds . Source Historic England Archive
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