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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1120877



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


District: Newcastle upon Tyne

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 14-Jun-1954

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 304853

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NZ 2563 NW NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE SANDHILL (south side) 24/509 14.6.54 The Guildhall and Merchants' Court. G.V. I Guildhall, Town Court and Merchant Venturers' Hall; fishmarket added. Now hall, Freeman's Hall and offices. 1655 by Trollope; 1794 refronted by Stephenson and Newton; 1823 east end by Dobson; C19 alterations. Sandstone ashlar; Welsh slate roof; weatherboarded turret with lead-covered dome, 3 storeys; 5-bay entrance block with left, linking bay, then a 9-bay section curving round to river front; 5 bays at right. Palladian-style entrance block has central projection with round-arched door flanked by round-headed niches; continuous ground-floor cornice. Giant Ionic Order above contains round-arched first-floor windows with flat stone lintels and sills; sill and impost strings to round-headed first-floor windows, blind at right; flat stone lintels and sills to second- floor windows. Most windows sashes with glazing bars. Wide, set-back bay at left has ground floor framed in pilasters and entablature with triglyph frieze; round-arched window with voussoirs and apron. Tripartite sash above and small top sash wider cornice and blocking course. 9-bay fishmarket on ground floor: unfluted Greek Doric colonnade, now blocked and aproned sashes with late C19 glazing inserted; triglyph frieze. Upper windows sashes with glazing bars in architraves, those on first floor longer and with cornices. Top cornice and blocking course. 5 bays to right of entrance have added ground-floor projections of Tuscan pilasters with vermiculate lower panels flanking tripartite aproned sashes; cornice and parapet. Upper floors have sashes in plain reveals. Top cornice and blocking course. Hipped roof has octagonal. turret with low dome and wind-vane finial;' rendered chimneys, some ashlar-corniced. Flat, 2-storey 9-bay river front has arcaded ground floor and upper floor with Roman Doric Order. Round-headed windows, those on first floor with interlace heads. Interior shows court with double hammerbeam roof; rusticated galleries. Mayor's parlour has panelled walls, some panels painted with local scenes. Merchant Venturers' Court rebuilt by Dobson incorporating large C17 chimney piece with carved overmantel. Staircase niche has statue of Charles I in Roman tunic.

Listing NGR: NZ2521363833

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National Grid Reference: NZ 25213 63833


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