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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.


List entry Number: 1380839



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: 17-May-1995

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

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UID: 481163

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TQ3106 RUGBY ROAD 577-1/13/784 (North side) 17/05/95 Downs Junior School and attached walls and gate piers


Board school. Dated 1890 in a plaque on the Rugby Road front; built as the Ditchling Road Board School to the designs of Thomas Simpson for the School Board of Brighton; some additions of c1900. Brown brick with dressings of red brick, gauged red brick, cement, stone and terracotta, roof of slate. EXTERIOR: one and 2 storeys over basement. The school is laid out along the north side of Rugby Road, with classrooms generally facing onto Rugby Road, and halls onto the playground to the north; and it is divided into a 2-storey block to the west, and a single-storey block to the east; the first was used for Junior Girls and Boys, the second for Infants. Flat-arched entrance at east end of west block, flanked by pilasters of red brick and stone with a segmental arch above. All windows cambered-arched with heads of gauged red brick. The west range is in 4 gabled parts, each part having 2 broad inner windows and 2 narrow outer windows to ground floor, all with 6/6 sashes of original design and toplights; storey band; 2 broad inner windows with decorative aprons of gauged red brick, and 2 narrow, shorter outer windows to first floor with 6/6 sashes of original design, and toplights only to the inner windows; gables decorated with a pediment in cement and vertical ribs of angled bricks framing louvres; the westernmost part differs from the rest in that it projects slightly, has only 3 windows of equal width to ground floor, and a basement with segmental-arched windows; corniced stacks between gables; decorative ridge tiles to roof; lantern to hall range renewed. The east range has 4 classrooms each under its own gable, with 3 windows each, all with 6/6 sashes, the central one higher with toplight, and flanked at this stage by pilasters which run up across a moulded band to form a panel in the gable round the louvres; apex of gable all of red brick; decorative ridge tiles. On the north side, facing the playground: all windows cambered-arched with heads of gauged red brick; central hall range of 5 windows, the second and 4th on the first floor carried up above the eaves and hipped; to the left a gabled wing with mezzanine, to the right a lower wing with varied fenestration including an oriel window to first floor and parapet upswept at the corners. The east wing is of 7-window range with the 3 easternmost windows under a half-hip, and the second and third from the west raised under a hip. INTERIOR: the interior retains its original plan in essentials, with classrooms grouped around the halls on 2 storeys in the western block, and a smaller hall on the north side of the Infants block with classrooms grouped around it; boarded dados in the halls, tiled dados frequently surviving in classrooms and passages; partitions between the central, south-facing classrooms and the hall survive on both floors, but are now fixed. Dwarf wall to Rugby Road of brick with stone coping and brick piers; ornate segmental arch to entrance with square brick piers with offset in stone and terracotta panel of Flemish Renaissance ornament crowned by a stone entablature with segmental lintel, also in stone, and central pediment; inscription to fascia erased; cast-iron railings and original gate of cast- and wrought-iron. About 8 metres from Ditchling Road the character of the wall changes to about 2 metres high, with panels of flint framed by red brick between panelled piers. This wall runs for approx 50 metres to the Infants entrance, which is a simpler version of that in Rugby Road with original cast- and wrought-iron gate. The wall continues as a dwarf brick wall with panelled brick piers and cast-iron railings, in front of the Schoolkeeper's house, and then returns to its full height in Grantham Road and Edburton Avenue, enclosing the school playground. In Grantham Road is the 'Junior Mixed' entrance, to the same design as the Infants entrance in Ditchling Road, with original gate. (Downs Junior School. A Centenary Review: Brighton).

Listing NGR: TQ3145006070

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Books and journals
Downs Junior School. A centenary review: Brighton

National Grid Reference: TQ 31450 06070


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