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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: 1380503



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


District: The City of Brighton and Hove

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 31-Mar-1999

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 480735

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 08/03/2013

TQ3204NW 577-1/35/281 31/03/99

BRIGHTON FINSBURY ROAD (North West side) Finsbury Road Board School


Board school. 1881. Thomas Simpson. Brown and red brick in English garden wall bond; dressings and ornament in soft red brick and concrete. Roof of slate turnerised; cupola of wood with a metal roof. STYLE: Arts and Crafts Free style. EXTERIOR: the building is divided into 2 distinct sections corresponding to the infants' and upper schools. The latter, to the right, is the larger of the 2: 2 storeys over basement; a 2-and-a-half-storey cross-wing at either end, forming a roughly symmetrical composition. 10-window range. The infants' school has one storey over a basement with a 2-and-a-half-storey cross-wing to the left. 11-window range to ground floor. The most prominent features of the upper school elevation are the gabled cross-wings which project slightly. Each has floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground and first floors, the window dressings are variously cut, scrolled and keyed; above the first-floor windows is a gabled aedicule formed from bricks of contrasting colours; all the tympana are ornamented with terracotta panels. The first-floor windows in fifth- and 8-window ranges are of similar dimensions to the high windows in the cross-wings and each finishes in hipped dormer. Brick dentil cornice to all sections. Stack to inner corner of each cross-wing roof, which is hipped. The cupola is centred between the cross-wings on the roof ridge: square in plan, its first stage is lead sheathed and the second is timber-framed; the roof has a leaded ogee cap. There remain in good condition to all the roofs, the original ornamental ridge tiles and ventilators; the hipped dormers have metal finials. The infants' school to the left is asymmetrically massed. The gabled cross-wing to the south has tall windows framed by heavy brick piers; between them, on the first floor, is a thin brick pilaster which intersects the cornice, above which is the most elaborate gable in the whole elevation: 2 round-arched windows set in a composite gable, the tympanum ornamented with a terracotta panel. Nearest the join with the larger block is a gabled bay of 2 windows topped by a high triangular pediment; the aedicule in this gable contains a stone plaque inscribed with the following words: "School Board for Brighton and Preston. U. D. Finsbury Road School. Erected AD 1881. Marriage Wallis Chairman. J. Carden, Jr., Clerk". 2 ground-floor windows in the range between the gables are taller than the rest and project above the eaves to finish in a broad hipped dormer. The rear elevation is noteworthy. To the south is a flat-arched entrance decorated with terracotta panels and a panel inscribed "Infants" in late C19 lettering. To the larger block a stair tower with an entrance, now partly blocked, inscribed "Girls". Several dormers similar to those on the main elevation. Stacks to rear wall.

Listing NGR: TQ3201304849

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National Grid Reference: TQ 32013 04849


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