TOWN HALL

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1201582
Date first listed:
29-Jul-1950
Statutory Address:
TOWN HALL, HAMILTON SQUARE

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Location

Statutory Address:
TOWN HALL, HAMILTON SQUARE

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

District:
Wirral (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 32645 88963

Details

BIRKENHEAD

SJ3388NE HAMILTON SQUARE 789-1/14/78 (South East side) 29/07/50 Town Hall

GV II*

Town Hall. 1883. By C.O.Ellison; restored 1901 by Henry Hartley. Golden ashlar over silver granite basement with Welsh slate roof. Basement storey with 2-storeyed 9-window range over. Central projecting portico of 5 bays carried on projecting basement with staircase at each side with pink marble rail and caps to balusters. Cast-iron lamp standards. Paired doors in centre of this basement, with curved balcony over, carried on heavy console brackets. This is flanked by windows with wrought iron screens, between pilasters. Rusticated basement of main block above has single window with transom each side, and reeded cornice over. Full height Corinthian pilasters frame the outer bays above, with modillion cornice continued round pediment which is carried on two tiers of Corinthian columns. Recessed in the portico, paired doors with rosette panels and low relief frieze in architrave. On the entablature over, high relief figures flank a coat of arms. Oculi over side lights each side of door with swags over and heavy moulding. Windows with transoms in architraves each side, and round-arched windows to second floor. Central tower over main hall rises in 3 stages with rusticated lower stage, pediments over round arched openings to second stage with massive volutes at angles. Blind balustraded plinth to recessed upper stage which carries clock. Sphinxes over this stage, the whole capped by copper dome with finial. Return elevation to Mortimer Street divided into unequal bays of 4, 2, 9 and 3-window ranges, stepped out from west to east. Doorway with "Rates" inscribed over it towards the centre, windows and detailing similar to that of main elevation. Elevation to Brandon Street dissimilar in arrangement, though similar in detail. Divided into unequal bays of 1, 3, 4, 5, and 1 window ranges, with doorway in right-hand bay. This bay is surmounted by a tower with pedimented base and spire concealing cast-iron chimney pipe. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Hubbard E: Cheshire: Harmondsworth: 1971-).

Listing NGR: SJ3264588963

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
389214
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Hubbard, E, The Buildings of England: Cheshire, (1971)

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 28 Mar 2004
Reference: IOE01/11912/02
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