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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: 1202189



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


District: City of Bristol

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 03-May-1988

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Dec-1994

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 379481

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ST5672 CUMBERLAND ROAD, Floating Harbour 901-1/41/1294 (North side) 03/05/88 A Bond Tobacco Warehouse (Formerly Listed as: SMEATON ROAD (South side) 'A Bond' Tobacco Warehouse)


Bonded tobacco warehouse. 1905. Designed by the Docks Committee engineer. Built by William Cowlin and Sons. Patent red bricks, blue engineering bricks, Pennant stone steps, terracotta details and Welsh slate roof; 'A' Bond has a frame of steel stanchions on the lower 2 floors and iron on the rest, carrying RSJs to segmental-arched concrete floor slabs. Open plan, in 2 equal parts separated by central spine wall. 9 storeys; 18-window range. Ground floor in black brick with a low plinth, the remainder in red, with strings at 3, 5, 7 and 9 storeys, cornice, of black moulded brick, and stone parapet. Wide clasping pilasters, to a parapet with sunken panels; rear elevation has a central bay between the pilasters. Ground-floor front has round-arched doorways and windows: from the outside, one door, 2 windows and 2 doors, either side of a central door and flanking windows in the central projecting block, with Pennant stone steps up; the paired flanking doorways are shaded by a cantilevered steel canopy and have sliding steel doors. Upper-floor windows are almost square with terracotta cills and pronounced, chamfered keys and chamfered, stopped jambs, 1:2:1 in central bay and equally spaced either side between the unpierced pilasters. Top floor is roof-lit only. INTERIOR: central entrance lobby to lateral staircase, giving each side on to a 10x8 bay floor with central lift shaft. Columns decrease in size to upper floors, carrying deep primary and secondary beams, with haunched connections; some floors with wood block flooring. Steel truss north light roofs. HISTORICAL NOTE: 'A' Bond was the first of the 3 brick Bonds in the Cumberland Basin. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 341; Lord J and Southam J: The Floating Harbour: Bristol: 1983-: 94).

Listing NGR: ST5699272109

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 341
Lord, J, Southam, J, The Floating Harbour, (1983), 94

National Grid Reference: ST 56992 72109


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