© Ms Ruth Povey
THE CUSTOM HOUSE, QUEEN SQUARE (north side)
BRISTOL, BRISTOL, BRISTOL
Ms Ruth Povey
30 June 2001
04 March 1977
Date of last amendment:
30 December 1994
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ST5872NE QUEEN SQUARE
901-1/16/219 (North side)
04/03/77 Custom House and attached rear area
wall and piers
(Formerly Listed as:
The Custom House)
Customs house. 1836. By Sidney Smirke. Limestone ashlar, ridge
and party wall stacks, roof not visible.
Double-depth plan. Neoclassical style. 2 storeys, attic and
basement; 5-window range. A symmetrical front has a plinth to
a sill band, plat band, first-floor sill band and impost band,
frieze and bracketed cornice, and parapet with raised dies.
Banded ground floor, rusticated quoins on the first floor.
A large doorway has paired pilasters to an entablature, with a
plinth above with raised ends, and a carving of the Royal Coat
of Arms; 9-pane overlight and 2-leaf 4-panel door, with an
inner 2-leaf 6-panel door with glazed round central panels.
6/6-pane ground-floor sashes, and tall semicircular-arched
first-floor windows with moulded archivolts, to 6/9-pane
Right-hand return has 3-window range, with 3/3-pane attic
sashes set below the cornice, and basement windows with grille
to pavement lights. Rear has projecting right-hand section,
and gabled left-hand with semicircular-arched windows.
INTERIOR: traces in basement of the early C18 house destroyed
in the riots, with tooled Pennant walls and timbers, and
security doors. Also a C19 range and cast-iron fireplace.
Central top-lit stair well has c1950 open-well stair;
principal first-floor room has 2 large acanthus ceiling roses,
cornice, and doorway with consoles to a pediment; dogleg
winder service stair to the attic has stick balusters and
column newels; doorways with panelled reveals and soffits, and
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached rusticated Pennant ashlar walls
and piers to rear area.
Replaced the Custom House destroyed in the Reform Bill riots
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 237).