© Tony Byram LRPS DPAGB
THE COLSTON HALL, COLSTON STREET (west side)
BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Tony Byram LRPS DPAGB
29 May 2001
01 November 1966
Date of last amendment:
01 November 1966
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ST5873SE COLSTON STREET
901-1/11/86 (West side)
01/11/66 The Colston Hall
Entrance and lobby to concert hall. 1867. By Foster and Wood.
Rebuilt 1900. Rebuilt internally c1960 by J Nelson Meredith.
Yellow brick with limestone, sandstone, teracotta and faience
dressings, roof not visible. Rectangular open-plan lobby with
stair to hall above.
2 storey; 7-bay range. A symmetrical front has a ground-floor
arcade of semicircular arches with plinths to columns with
acanthus capitals, alternate arches have rope mouldings,
carved hoods, the blind outer arches contain windows with
eared, segmental-arched architraves, with chamfered end
responds and banded end sections to an impost band; inside is
a matching arcade of square piers. A carved cornice of
acanthus leaves above a blue faience leaf-pattern band.
First-floor blind arcade has plinths to paired columns with
foliate capitals and volutes, a full-width entablature band of
relief panels, rope-moulded arches, hoods and arches of
alternate yellow and brown brick. Top cornice has a Lombard
frieze, faience and terracotta decoration, and a moulded
glazed modillion cornice, and returns to the left. Alternate
arches have c1960 relief panels of performing arts.
INTERIOR: entrance hall with 2 aisles divided by 4-arch
arcades on square piers. Two c1960 stair flights run up from
the second and fourth arches to a first-floor front hall, with
a central area 3x2 bays with a pointed-arched vault, and
paired columns with enriched capitals to the cross passsage.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the original Great Hall had a classical
interior after St George's, Liverpool, with aisles, columns to
an entablature, and coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling. It was
reached by an Imperial stair from the entrance to the
first-floor landing. The hall was burned down in 1898, rebuilt
several times, burnt down again and rebuilt c1960.
(Crick C: Victorian Buildings in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-: 48;
Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 372; City Buildings Series: Burrough
T H B: Bristol: London: 1970-: 104).