THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1359155
Date first listed:
09-Jan-1970
Date of most recent amendment:
24-Jul-1998
Statutory Address:
THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, CHANCERY LANE WC2
Statutory Address:
THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, FETTER LANE EC4

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, CHANCERY LANE WC2
Statutory Address:
THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE, FETTER LANE EC4

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

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 31213 81287

Details

TQ 3181 SW 61/7

CITY OF WESTMINSTER CHANCERY LANE, WC2 The Public Record Office

9.1.70

G.V. II* Public building. Original part to east partly within City of London, Fetter Lane q.v., 1853-55 by Sir James Pennethorne, extended with frontage to Chancery Lane 1891-96 by Sir John Taylor including re-erected C13 archway of the Rolls Chapel. Pennethorne's work of Bath stone with lead roofs; Taylor's extension of Portland stone, both rock faced with ashlar dressings. Pennethorne's building is notable for its fire proof construction with individual modular document cells built of wrought iron with shallow arched brick vaults and cast iron girders; the elevations employing Perpendicular Gothic in very functional way; the Perpendicular style was continued by Taylor in a rather more elaborated fashion. Symmetrical front to Chancery Lane with central archway in "gatehouse" and terminal polygonal turrets with stone ogee cupolas. Symmetrical east-west range with central "gatehouse" and square tower above, and a more asymmetrical range with polygonal turrets to Fetter Lane. The Pennethorne work distinguished by the sheer mullion-buttresses articulating the fully glazed window bays finished off with depressed triangular arches over the top floor below pierced parapet and crocketed finials. Similar details to Taylor extension but with closer net mullions dividing the lights. Part of the chancel arch of the demolished C13 Rolls Chapel re-erected against the rear of the Chancery Lane block at the south east end. Important Renaissance monuments from the chapel are now in the Record Office museum.

Listing NGR: TQ3121381287

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
199443
Legacy System:
LBS

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: 10 Apr 2005
Reference: IOE01/14024/11
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Anthony Rau. Source Historic England Archive
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