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City of Bristol (Unitary Authority)
Non Civil Parish
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ST 58722 71724



ST315871 EAST STREET, Bedminster 901-1/45/379 (West side) 06/06/75 Wills No.1 Factory (Formerly Listed as: EAST STREET Entrance block of Wills No.1 Factory)


Offices, formerly tobacco factory. 1884 and c1886. By Sir Frank Wills. Red Cattybrook brick, limestone and slate. Gothic style. 3 storeys; 19-window range. The front divides into 2 separate builds: to the right, 9-bay arcade of tall lancet arches with linked hoods, below groups of thin windows developed down from the corbel table of the cornice and parapet. Within the arcades, a plinth of weatherings beneath a pair of tall, shouldered windows with chamfered jambs, a basketwork brick panel, and a pair of first-floor lancet cross windows, with a quatrefoil panel in the tympanum. The centre bay is a 4-storey square entrance tower with a machicolated cornice, and a French pyramid roof with gablet vents and an iron widow's walk. At the base of the tower are 2 open lancet arches on round shafts with pedestals and waterleaf capitals, engaged at the sides, with stopped hoods above. First and second floors are set back within a tall lancet-arched opening, forming a balcony with shaft balusters. The first-floor windows are lancets on slender shafts with waterleaf capitals, and above them an unmoulded 3-light window with heavy mullions and transom. The tower is supported at the sides by shallow, weathered buttreses. The slightly later left-hand range of 12 taller lancet bays is tied in by the matching cornice and parapet, but the bays extend up into the attic windows. Inside them, 2 storeys of identical pairs of rectangular windows with slender shafts and waterleaf capitals, separated by a basketwork panel, and a large blind quatrefoil in the tympanum. The factory behind was demolished in 1988, and rebuilt behind the facade, and the ground floor was opened to form a covered pavement. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 380; Winstone R: Bristol As It Was: Bristol: 1962-: 418).

Listing NGR: ST5872271724


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Books and journals
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 380
Winstone, R, Bristol As It Was, (1962), 418


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: 21 Aug 2004
Reference: IOE01/13112/09
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