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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: FORMER EXCHEQUER BUILDING, NOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

List entry Number: 1160838

Location

FORMER EXCHEQUER BUILDING, NOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, PALACE GREEN

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
County DurhamUnitary Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 10-Mar-1988

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 110408

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History

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Details

DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE PALACE GREEN NZ 2742 SW (West side)

14/352 Former Exchequer Building, now university library

GV I

Chancery and exchequer courts, now library. Between 1438 and 1457 for Bishop Neville. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings; stone-flagged roof. 3 storeys, 2 bays. Steps down to studded, ledged boarded door at right of first bay in 2-centred-arched surround with fragments of roll moulding on lower course, renewed on course above, and chamfer above that. Ground-floor windows at left and at right have 3 Tudor-headed lights and label moulds. First-floor windows have 3 round-headed stepped lights; second floor has 3 windows with 2 round-headed lights, all under dripmoulds and with chamfered surrounds. Neville arms (ears removed from horse's head) between upper windows under canopy on angel bracket. Eaves string; parapet, formerly battlemented, has roll-moulded coping.

Interior: central passage to 12-ribbed vault; newel stair to right of this; a second newel survives in part at rear of building, heavily weathered. C17 open-well stair has widely-spaced barley-sugar twist balusters, closed string and high grip handrail; partly renewed. Many stop-chamfered flat Tudor- arched door surrounds, including those to Chancery Court and Exchequer Court, now one room. Masons' mark (W with central projecting cross) on these and on a third ground-floor door. Square-headed door at rear has stopped chamfer with narrower chamfer below. Original stop-chamfered beams and ceilings over both floors, the beams with 3 hollow chamfers.

A scheduled ancient monument.

Listing NGR: NZ2734442299

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National Grid Reference: NZ 27344 42299

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