TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBER AND OFFICES WITH CLOCK TOWER

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1113400

Date first listed: 22-Mar-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Dec-1978

Statutory Address: TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBER AND OFFICES WITH CLOCK TOWER , BLAGRAVE STREET

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Location

Statutory Address: TOWN COUNCIL CHAMBER AND OFFICES WITH CLOCK TOWER , BLAGRAVE STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Reading (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SU 71674 73578

Summary

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History

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Details

BIAGRAVE STREET 1. 5128 Town Council Chamber and Offices with Clock Tower (Formerly listed as Town Hall and Municipal Offices (The block designed by Sir Alfred Waterhouse only)) SU 7173 NE 1/26 22.3.57. II* GV 2. 1872-75 (foundation stone 1874) by Alfred Waterhouse. French Gothic style. 2 storeys and attic. 5 storey tower. Built in red and grey brick with terracotta ornaments. Tower placed to close vistas from Friar Street and Market Place. The whole is modest in scale and surprising in its use of the local materials, uncharacteristically 'soft' for Waterhouse. Tower is over entrance lobby. Corbelled polygonal buttresses at corners with finials and steep saddle back roof. Clock below belfry screen. Pointed arch entrance with shields and date in spandrels. To left the Council Chamber, 4 bays with slight break gabled to left. Paired lights in segmental headed recesses to ground floor. Tall lancets with label moulds and polychromed tympana over 2 light double transom windows which contain Waterhouse pink grisaille glass. Roundel with arms of Borough in gable below attic window. 1 gabled dormer. To right of tower the effect altered by removal of 2nd tower following war damage. Angled round to east, 3 storeys with modillion cornice to pierced parapet. 4 bays divided by diagonal buttresses; 2 light transomed windows in segmental headed recesses. Interior: Rich entrance lobby leads to stair hall with enclosed arcaded staircase, segmental arches whose mouldings lie into piers. Council chamber retains original fittings, Gothic fireplace, gallery, benches, tables etc.

Listing NGR: SU7166773577

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 38761

Legacy System: LBS

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