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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: 1199601



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

County: Oxfordshire

District: Vale of White Horse

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Abingdon

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 19-Jan-1951

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 250413

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583/1/180 County Hall (Market House) 19.01.1951


1678-1683. Ashlar. By Christopher Kempster, one of Wren's masons. Woodwork by Avery Hobbs. Two storeys, cellars and attics, with a square staircase tower on the south side. Four bays by two, faced with fine ashlar, Burford stone to impost level of ground floor, mostly Headington stone above. The Hall stands on a stylobate of three steps. Open arcaded Market Hall on ground floor, Sessions Hall on the first floor lighted by arched window in each bay. Giant pilasters of two storeys support entablature and wooden eaves cornice of lead roof. Roof has pedimented dormer window above each bay and a baluwtraded flat frond which rises a cupola with a weathervane. The grand order, the pilasters of the ground floor arcade, and the tower square a plinths with a simple cavetto. The order has pedestals, moulded bases, pilasters without entasis or fluting, and composite capitals. Its entablature has a plain frieze and carries the modillions of the wooden eaves cornice of roof, renewed in 1896. The proportion of this order differ very slightly from the first design, since the decayed stone was cut away in the restoration work before 1852. Each bay of tile grand order embraces one arch of the Market Hall arcade. The Keystones of the round arches bear sculptured masks with symbolical headdressed. In their present form these date from 1853. The arcades spring from plain pilasters with moulded imposts. Round headed windows on first floor, moulded architraves, scrolled keystone with acanthus. box stone used in the 1853 restoration. Also repaired in 1952. The County Hall was tile scene of many great election struggles. A.M. Drawings in Details 1, 69-71 and Architectural Review XIII (1903), 16 and VCH: Berks IV, 433.

The County Hall with Nos. 5 to 9 (consec) Market Place form a group

Listing NGR: SU4978997051

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Ditchfield, P H, Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire, (1924), 433
'Architectural Review' in Architectural Review, , Vol. 13, (1903), 16

National Grid Reference: SU 49785 97051


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