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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: 1208988



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

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Morecambe

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 08-Oct-1976

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 391854

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SD4264 MARINE ROAD CENTRAL, Morecambe 939-1/5/39 (North side) 08/10/76 Midland Hotel


Hotel. 1932-3 by Oliver Hill. Concrete and rendered brickwork, painted white. Curved plan, with convex side facing west towards the sea. 3 storeys. Windows are steel-framed casements with rendered surrounds. Above each storey are projecting horizontal bands. The entrance front has a rounded left-hand (south) corner, and a convex central staircase projection rising above roof level. This projection has a tall window of steel casements above the doorway, divided into 3 by mullions, both of which are capped by sea horses, painted red, which were carved by Eric Gill. Projecting at the right is a single-storey cafe of circular plan, now known as the Ravilious Restaurant. The west side has a single-storey projecting sun lounge, which is an addition, its windows replaced in PVC-coated steel. Between the solid centre and ends of the facade the 1st and 2nd floors have their walls recessed to form balconies. Interior: above the cantilevered circular open-well staircase is a ceiling panel carved in low relief by Eric Gill and painted by Denis Tegetmeier. They were also responsible for the pictorial map of north-west England in what was originally the children's room at the south end of the building. Also in this room is Eric Gill's Portland stone panel, originally in the lounge, carved in low relief with a representation of Odysseus and Nausicaa. It was moved to its present position when internal walls were demolished during the 1970s. The cafe walls were originally painted with frescoes by Eric Ravilious, representing morning and evening in an idyllic seascape setting. These deteriorated rapidly because the plaster and paint used were incompatible and were obliterated within 2 years of completion, but were repainted in the late 1980s using photographic evidence. (Stansfield Colin: Beside the Seaside: 1986-).

Listing NGR: SD4281564380

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Stansfield, C, Beside the Seaside, (1986)

National Grid Reference: SD 42815 64380


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