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IoE Number: 382610
Photographer: Mr Geoffrey Carver
Date Photographed: 03 October 1999
Date listed: 05 February 1952
Date of last amendment: 05 February 1952
Grade II*

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LICHFIELDSK1109SEBORE STREET1094-1/8/61(South East side)

LICHFIELD SK1109SE BORE STREET 1094-1/8/61 (South East side) 05/02/52 Donegal House (Tourist Information Centre) and attached railings GV II* House, now council offices. 1730. Possibly by Francis Smith of Warwick. For James Robinson. Brick with stucco and ashlar dressings; parapeted roof with brick stacks. Double-depth plan. Early Georgian style. 3 storeys with basement; symmetrical 5-window range. Plaster plinth with ground floor sill band; end Doric pilasters with triglyph entablature blocks; top cornice and stone-coped brick parapet with plaster terminals and 5 sections which brake forward over windows. Entrance has aedicule with attached Doric columns, entablature and segmental pediment, and 8-fielded-panel (2 glazed) door up steps with plain iron handrails. basement has segmental-headed windows with keys; other windows have shaped lintels with keys, those to ground floor over 6/9-pane sashes, those to upper floors with sills and aprons, 6/9-pane sashes to 1st floor, segmental-headed windows with 12-pane sashes to 2nd floor; central 1st floor window has eared and shouldered architrave with triglyph 'key', frieze and pediment, window above has similar architrave with shaped top and key. Iron area railings to left have decorative heads; 1928 clock on enriched brackets to left. Rear has cogged brick frieze with datestone just below; varied fenestration, ground floor has pegged cross casement, some 6/9-pane sashes and round-headed stair window with small-paned sash. INTERIOR: inaccessible due to refurbishment (1990), but has open-well staircase with slender turned balusters; panelled rooms and window shutters. The house was used by the Marquess and Earl of Donegal, who lived at Fisherwick Hall from 1761 until his death in 1799. In 1910 the house was bought to serve as an extension to the Guildhall. (Victoria History of the County of Stafford: Greenslade M W: Lichfield: Oxford: 1990-: P.43, 83, 242-3; Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London: 1974-: P.194).

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