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Statutory Address:

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

Wirral (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 32105 91491


The following buildings shall be added:


3/84 Brighton Street Egremont


Town Hall. 1914-20 by Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornely. Free Neo-Grecian in a Beaux Arts tradition. Limestone ashlar, rusticated to ground floor; Welsh slate roofs. 3 storeys. Plan: Rectangular 15 x 19 bay block; entrance range (towards Brighton Street) with Civic Hall over; Imperial stair hall at centre with 1st floor Council Chamber overlooking the river. Offices to all floors arranged around small courtyards (for light access only). Exterior: Front (towards Brighton Street): 7 large round-headed windows divided by tall pilasters form a piano nobile (lighting the Civic Hall), with square-headed windows below and a central porch with panelled doors and cast-iron railings to balcony. Pedimented shallow wings with deep central recesses flanked by giant columns in antis. Parapet and 1st floor sill band returns to all sides. Round-headed windows to ground floor, square-headed above, to all other eleva- tions. Side elevations (5:11:3) more simply treated with shallow end wings, those to the Brighton Street end with pediments and giant order of pilasters. Riverside elevation with blank end bays, the 5 central bays projecting with tall round-headed windows and attached columns marking Council Chamber, the windows with elaborate carved keyblocks. Centrally placed tower set back behind river- side elevation: 3 storeys, the upper stages combined and open to form a lantern with large round-headed arches and connecting open screens with columns and entablatures. Large seated figures at corners. Surmounting all this are 4 porticos under a stepped pyramid and copper cupola. Interior: Civic Hall with tunnel-vaulted ceiling, the cornices returning to form open screens at both ends. Circular-plan ante chamber with dome and central lantern, panelled walls. Central Imperial stair hall, the ceilings supported by fluted columns; panelled walls; double doors with margin and saltire panes; iron balusters and elaborate openwork lamp holders. Council Chamber with fluted wooden pilasters; complex plaster ceiling with central roundel; public gallery and chamber proper with good quality furnishings. Contemporary street lighting and furnishings are included in this listing.

Listing NGR: SJ3210591491


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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: 14 Dec 2001
Reference: IOE01/05041/19
Rights: Copyright IoE Dr Geoffrey Court. Source Historic England Archive
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