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Central Stores

Details about Central Stores

Central Stores, Park Road, Hartlepool was Grade 2 listed in Dec 1985.


'Department store, 1913-15, by Lionel G. Ekins. Portland stone ashlar and slate roof. Occupies large corner site. Baroque style. 3 storeys andattic storey; 4 bays to ground floor, 8 bays to upper floors, and curvedquadrant bay to right angle. Ground floor: stone fascia and cornice on rusticated piers flanking mid C20 shop fronts and doorways. Giant IonicOrder through upper floors. Windows recessed behind single and pairedcolumns. Moulded, mullioned-and-transomed casement windows to first floor;
moulded mullioned casements to 2nd floor, with glazing bars and swags tornamented aprons. Recessed 2-storey bay window to quadrant, with banded concave splays. 5th bay has Diocletian window over mullioned 3-light casement window in round-headed arch of banded rustication with convex chamfer, keystone and pediment having an embellished tympanum. Short,square clock tower rises above 5th bay, with banded rusticated antae and urn finials at angles. Masonry domed, octagonal cupola has convex sides alternated with Ionic, open-pedimented aedicules. Balustraded parapet withraised pedestal over quadrant, inscribed : 'HARTLEPOOLS COOPERATIVE SOCIETY.' Low-pitched mansard roof. The 7-bay right return is similar, butlacks a clock tower. Later extension to west side (rear) is not ofinterest. Clock tower is an important townscape feature in the town-centre area.'


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