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IoE Number: 341937
Location: WETHERBY TOWN HALL AND ATTACHED FRONT WALL, MARKET PLACE
  WETHERBY, LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
Photographer: Mr David Clark LRPS
Date Photographed: 04 August 2001
Date listed: 08 February 1988
Date of last amendment: 08 February 1988
Grade II

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SE4048WETHERBYMARKET PLACELS225/17Wetherby Town Hall andattached front wall

SE4048 WETHERBY MARKET PLACE LS22 5/17 Wetherby Town Hall and attached front wall GV II Town hall, now assembly rooms, and attached front wall. 1845, C20 alterations. Deeply-coursed, dressed sandstone, Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys: T-shaped plan with 1:3:1-bay entrance front and taller 4 x 2-bay range across rear. In Classical style with symmetrical front and rear elevations. Entrance front: 1-storey porch with central projection has double-door and margin-glazed overlight set between rusticated pilasters; set back to each side are margin-glazed casements and matching corner pilasters; entablature with plain frieze and pediment over the door. Side bays, set back, have inserted windows with unequally-hung 8-pane sashes. 1st floor: sill band to 3 sashes with glazing bars in ashlar surrounds to central bays (central window wider); outer bays are blind, Modillioned wooden cornice forms gutter and rises as pediment over centre with clock in arcaded ashlar panel set in the tympanum. Apex stack with twin flues linked by a keyed arch. Hipped roof. Flanking the entrance front are low quadrant walls with end piers and massive copings. Rear: 4 bays; rock-faced and rusticated quoins; sill band to C20 sashes with patterned glazing bars in reveals (original window mullions removed). 1st floor: sill band to round-headed sashes with glazing bars in recesses with corbels to an impost string course, archivolts and large keystones. More massive eaves detailed as front; hipped roof with ridge ventilators. Left return: end of taller range is as rear but has clock in architrave to lst-floor centre. Altered ground-floor windows to wing on right; blocked doorway; sash windows to 1st floor. Interior: main, assembly room has coved ceiling and boss with acanthus and palm-leaf motifs. Built at a cost of £1,300 and served as county court, assembly room, reading room and house of detention as well as accommodating the Church School. An early drawing of the building shows a more delicate eaves detail (Unwin, p.,107); early photographs of the building show the sashed mullioned windows to rear and door flanked by small windows on the left return of the entrance front (presumably the detention cell). Occupies an island site and forms the focal point of the town. R. Unwin, Wetherby, 1986, pp 106-108 and rear cover (aerial photo).

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