© Mr Brendan Oxlade LRPS
1-7 CHARING CROSS (north side)
BIRKENHEAD, WIRRAL, MERSEYSIDE
Mr Brendan Oxlade LRPS
04 July 2003
28 March 1974
Date of last amendment:
28 March 1974
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SJ3188 CHARING CROSS
789-1/11/40 (North side)
28/03/74 Nos.1-7 (Consecutive)
Range of 7 shops and offices, originally including bank. 1901.
By Douglas and Minshull. Brick ground floor with ashlar above,
and Westmorland slate roof. 2 storeys, 4-bay elevation to
Charing Cross, corner block, and return elevation to Grange
Road West of 2 bays. Elevation to Charing Cross has wide
segmental arch to each shop front, now filled in with C20
fronts, and above each bay three paired trefoiled windows with
transoms and leaded lights forming a continuous range.
Balustraded parapet carried on corbels, and steeply pitched
roof with 2 small gabled dormers with leaded lights. Cast-iron
rainwater goods and gargoyle between each unit. Asymmetrical
corner block with canted tower at each side corbelled out over
ground floor with conical roofs. Each has bands of lancet
windows to first floor, then plain panelled band above. They
flank central gable with paired arched windows each side of
central Decorated style door with shafts and deep moulding.
Triple lancets in stepped arched hoodmould to first floor,
ogee lancets also grouped in threes above. Blind interlace
tracery panelling below eaves. Stair tower projects to right,
with small windows to stair, and band of lancet lights below
eaves. Elevation to Grange Road West has inserted shop fronts
to ground floor, and 3 paired lancet windows with transoms and
moulded over-arches. Stone coping to brick gable over each,
with leaded lancet lights to attic. Statues in crocketted
niches each side of first floor windows. End wall stacks. A
varied and lively treatment of an important corner site.
(The Buildings of England: Nikolaus Pevsner and Edward
Hubbard: Cheshire: Harmondsworth: 1971-).