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

City of Bristol (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
ST 58830 72990



ST5872NE CORN STREET, Centre 901-1/16/569 (South West side) 08/01/59 No.48 Old Post Office (Formerly Listed as: CORN STREET (South side) Nos.46 AND 56 Exchange Buildings)


Post office, now offices. 1746, part rebuilt as facsimile 1993. By Samuel Glascodine. Limestone ashlar with lateral ashlar stacks, roof not visible. Open plan with central stairwell. Palladian style. 3 storeys and attic; 3-window range. A symmetrical front has a pedimented centre set forward, plinth, impost band, plat band, rusticated quoins above to an entablature with cornice and parapet. Ground-floor semicircular arches with moulded archivolts and keys, C20 glazing and central glazed double doors. Upper windows have architraves, sill blocks, pediments to the first floor, and horned 6/6-pane and 3/6-pane sashes; wide dormer. The left-hand return is a 11-window range: right-hand 3-window range as the front, with OLD POST OFFICE inscribed in the plat band; to the right 4:1:3 windows, with a raised entrance section set back containing a tall doorway with Gibbs surround, a pedimented first-floor window and a semicircular-arched second-floor window beneath a cartouche with festoon. Each side are windows as the front. INTERIOR: largely remodelled late C20; the side doorway leads to an open-well stair, with cast-iron stick balusters and column newels, and a ramped moulded rail. Designed to compliment the Exhange (qv), and a balancing pair with No.56 (qv). (Ison W: The Georgian Buildings of Bristol: Bath: 1952-: 108; Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 149; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 416).

Listing NGR: ST5883072990


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Books and journals
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 149
Ison, W, The Georgian Buildings of Bristol, (1952), 108
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (1958), 416


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: 16 Mar 2006
Reference: IOE01/13253/05
Rights: Copyright IoE Ms Ruth Povey. Source Historic England Archive
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