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Newcastle, Pilgrim Street, Nos. 85 to 91, Worswick Chambers





Early Modern


Extant Building

Includes: Worswick Chambers, Nos 2-12 WORSWICK STREET. Commercial premises with shops and offices. 1891 and 1898 with minor C20 alterations. Designed by W Lister Newcombe of Newcastle. Red brick with ashlar dressings and slate roofs with tall brick chimney stacks. 3 storeys. Worswick Street facade has 17 windows. Ground floor has central doorway with double panel doors and monumental stone surround with doubled brackets and gabled top over round arch with carved tympanum and lintel inscribed WORSWICK CHAMBERS. Either side various shops some retaining their original pilasters and plain fascia boards. Upper floors have giant brick Doric pilasters with stone bases and capitals, topped with deep entablature decorated with elaborate carved paired brackets. First floor has 17 large plain sashes set back in ashlar surrounds, above continuous linked and moulded lintels each with a carved portrait head under a gothic gable. Second floor has 17 smaller plain sashes in ashlar surrounds with Caernarvon arched lintels. Projecting cornice topped with stone parapet. Central tower has single oval window with moulded ashlar surround a steep pyramidal hipped roof. Pilgrim Street facade has 8 windows with identical facade topped with central 2 window dormer topped with single pediment. INTERIOR has stone staircase with elaborate iron balustrade and wooden handrail. History: This building was built as part of the "new cut" of Worswick Street laid out c1870. It was built in two stages, the first part along Pilgrim Street and the first part of Worswick Street was built from 1891, and the second section further along Worswick Street and the tower was built from 1898. LISTED GRADE 2




Department of National Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest, 1833/21/10079; Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach and Catherine Morris, 2000, Public Sculpture of North East England, p 133-4; Grace McCombie, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead - Pevsner Architectural Guide, p. 22 and 143; Gifford, 2007, East Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne - Condition Appraisal and Conservation Statement; Stephen Levrant: Heritage Architecture, 2004, Worswick Chambers and Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne - Appraisal of Historic Significance Outline Report; Heritage Architecture Ltd. 2006, Historical Assessment of East Pilgrim Street, Newcastle

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