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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.


List entry Number: 1104328



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


District: City of Portsmouth

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 30-Oct-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Mar-1999

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 474695

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SU6300 GUILDHALL WALK, Landport 774-1/8/270 (West side) 30/10/69 Theatre Royal (Formerly Listed as: LANDPORT COMMERCIAL ROAD Theatre Royal)


Theatre, formerly hall. Built as Landport Hall 1854, converted to theatre 1856, substantially rebuilt 1884 by CJ Phipps, reconstructed 1900 by Frank Matcham, restoration work in progress from 1980. Grey and red brick in English bond, stone dressings and iron balcony. Welsh slated hipped roof. EXTERIOR: 3-storey facade with attic at centre. 5 bays. Across front is a projecting 2-storey iron and glass shelter with curved ends, arcaded with 5 fretted round-arched openings, flanking paired and enriched iron Corinthian columns, basket arched opening at each end, moulded iron cornice. On first floor are 5 paired windows each with two 2-leaf fixed casements set under round iron arch with centre dividing column and flanking paired pilasters, ornate patterned aprons. On left and right return and to each of the recessed flanking curved wings is a similar round-headed casement with fretted iron balustraded balcony; band cornice and similar balustrade over with splayed rooflight over centre 3 bays. Ground floor facade is faced in black marble and has six 2-leaf entrance doors with fanlight; each leaf has 2 moulded lower panels, 2 oval middle panels and glazed upper panel. Plasterwork above imposts has decorated panels. First floor has rusticated stone quoin strips, moulded band then fluted stone Corinthian pilasters to quoins and flanking the centre 3 bays to second floor. On each side of iron rooflight, high level first floor, is a 2-leaf casement set under flat stone arch with flanking paired pilasters, moulded band, moulded stone head panel and second floor sillband between pilasters. Second floor has five 2-leaf 6-pane casements each with stone architrave and pediment. Entablature and moulded stone eaves cornice. Centre 3 bays have facing stone dentilled pediment with relief carvings within tympanum and at centre is a half round fixed attic casement with moulded stone architrave and keystone. INTERIOR: decoration of 1900 is intact and unaltered with nautical theme having seafaring emblems such as ships prows between the boxes, Dolphin's anchors and mermaids, life belts and shells on the dress circle with military emblems on the

upper circle. (Balfour A: Portsmouth: London: 1070-: 67; Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs: Portsmouth: 1974-: 109, 110, 111; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth: 1967-: 460).

Listing NGR: SU6401300094

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Balfour, A, Portsmouth, (1970), 67
Lloyd, D W , Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs, (1974), 109-111
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1967), 460

National Grid Reference: SU 64002 00048


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