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IoE Number: 388084
Photographer: Mr Nigel Wood
Date Photographed: 10 January 2007
Date listed: 25 January 1972
Date of last amendment: 25 January 1972
Grade II*

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MANCHESTERSJ8398SEDEANSGATE698-1/27/100(East side)

MANCHESTER SJ8398SE DEANSGATE 698-1/27/100 (East side) 25/01/72 Nos.51 TO 63 (Odd) Barton's Building including Barton Arcade GV II* Includes: Nos.1 AND 3 AND 63 BARTON SQUARE. Also known as: BARTON SQUARE. Block of shops and offices enclosing shopping arcades. 1871, by Corbett, Raby and Sawyer; restored late C20. Cast-iron and glass with facing of sandstone ashlar, slate and glass roofs. Large almost rectangular block intersected by east-west arcade and L-shaped arcade off south side of this. Eclectic style. Four storeys and attic, a long 9-bay facade to Deansgate, divided in half horizontally by a balustraded balcony. The ground and 1st floors are treated as a single architectural storey, the bays divided by narrow piers with foliated capitals, the 3rd and 7th bays being full-height entrances with pendent semi-circular arches of cast-iron open-work and the other bays having C20 shop-fronts at ground floor and arcaded 3-light windows above with slender shafts and enriched spandrels. The upper floors have bracketed cornices, and sashed windows with stilted surrounds, except the bays over the entrances which have pilasters, coupled round-headed windows at 4th floor and square turrets above, with heavy bracketed cornices and pierced parapets. Chimneys over the outer ranges and round-headed dormers over the central range. Rear (to Barton Square), of cast-iron and glass in Crystal Palace style, round-headed top with dome and cupola. Interior: fine example of Victorian shop-and-office arcading, 4-storeyed and with balconies on 2 levels curved round at the corners and intersections, furnished with bracketed ornamental cast-iron balustrades and mahogany handrails; vaulted glazed roof raised to domes over the north and south ends of the axial arcade.

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