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©  Tony Byram LRPS DPAGB

IoE Number: 379355
Location: THE COLSTON HALL, COLSTON STREET (west side)
  BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Photographer: Tony Byram LRPS DPAGB
Date Photographed: 29 May 2001
Date listed: 01 November 1966
Date of last amendment: 01 November 1966
Grade II

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BRISTOLST5873SECOLSTON STREET901-1/11/86(West side)

BRISTOL ST5873SE COLSTON STREET 901-1/11/86 (West side) 01/11/66 The Colston Hall II 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).

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