Former market hall now information centre. c1600 origin; altered C18 and with eastern extension of 1858 and later rear porch. Deeply-coursed sandstone, stone slate roof. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, 5-window range; double-span roof. Bridge Street front: large quoins; plinth to bay 1 and straight joint on right. Chamfered surrounds to 2-light mullioned windows with leaded lights; first-floor sill band across bays 2-5; single-light window to first floor of bay 1. Ashlar gutter; mid C19 blind gabled dormers over bays 2-5 have painted shields, shaped kneelers and roll-moulded copings with apex gablets; end gables similarly treated. Rear: single-storey porch has triangular-headed entrance with double doors; leaded sidelights; ashlar parapet with moulded copings. Chamfered mullioned windows and gabled dormer to main wall. Tudor-arched doorway into right end bay. Left return: 3-light mullioned window with dripstone; oriel bay window of 1:2:1 lights to first-floor right. Right return: 3 late C19 square-headed openings with central entrance flanked by display windows. West gable rebuilt 1896. INTERIOR: Bridge Street side has infilled arcade of 4 round arches which spring from large blocks. Window heads of opposite wall have reused timber lintels including 2 sections of multiple-light windows with sockets for diagonally-set mullions. Central valley supported on 2 iron pillars. Each roof with small principal-rafter trusses having diagonal struts; large-scantling purlins and diagonally-set ridge (some reconstruction). The arcaded side wall was filled in C18; the building may have been timber-framed on the upper floor. HISTORY: served as Town Hall from 1827 also used as wash-house and courtroom in mid C19. In 1858 floor removed and building used as courtroom and assembly hall. Became market hall when Bakewell's new town hall was built in 1891.
Listing NGR: SK2186068568
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