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Wigan (Metropolitan Authority)
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SD 58327 05476


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SD 5805 SW, 24-1/8/25

WIGAN, KING STREET (North-East side), Nos. 48 AND 50, Former Royal Court Theatre

(Formerly Listed as: KING STREET (North East side) Nos. 48 AND 50 (The Royal Court Theatre))




Theatre, subsequently cinema, bingo hall when surveyed. 1886 and 1895, by RT Johnson; altered. Red brick in English garden wall bond with dressings of matching red terracotta and some yellow brick (roof concealed but probably slate). Large rectangular plan at right-angles to street. Eclectic style, with some Renaissance detailing. EXTERIOR: Three storeys and five bays, with 2-storey projected foyer (added 1895): this has fluted pilasters to both floors (Ionic at first floor but partially concealed at ground floor by C20 fascia), a continuous dentilled cornice and geometrical cast-iron balustrade; at ground floor, a round-headed doorway in the centre with banded pilasters, flanked by recessed entrances with wooden panelled and plate-glass doors, and shop windows in the outer bays; at first floor, a window in the centre with leaded stained glass and an elaborate broken-pedimented architrave with an oculus immediately above set in a swan-necked architrave, and large depressed-arched 6-light transomed windows in the other bays with moulded terracotta surrounds and leaded stained glass in the upper lights. Above and behind is the gabled end of the main range, which has four round-headed windows with mask keystones of red terracotta, an egg-and-dart frieze, a round-headed window in the gable flanked by sunk panels with raised lettering "ROYAL COURT" "THEATRE"; and stepped gable coping with a flaming-urn finial, flanked by yellow terracotta balustrading over the outer bays. INTERIOR: foyer with a pair of composite columns flanking the foot of an imperial staircase with brass handrail; auditorium with two curved balconies, the first with Adam-style moulded plaster decoration (the upper now enclosed); side walls with large pictorial relief panels flanking the proscenium; proscenium arch with moulded plaster enrichment, the top now concealed by suspended ceiling; upper gallery now disused but retains steeply-raked stepped floor (and inserted projection room in centre), and visible from it the top of the proscenium arch with moulded plaster pictorial scene and figures over it, and very large circular gilded ceiling dome. Despite some alteration firstly as cinema and latterly as bingo hall, still essentially intact.

Listing NGR: SD5832705476


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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: 27 Aug 2007
Reference: IOE01/15303/22
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Riley. Source Historic England Archive
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