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Great News! Our beloved UDC building gains Grade II Listing.

Great News! Our beloved UDC building gains Grade II Listing.
Former UDC and Library

Following a successful campaign led by local architect Richard Pain and supported by the HWA the former Urban District Council building and library in the High Street has been granted Grade II listing by English Heritage. This provides important protection for our most distinctive building.

It was built in 1884, designed by Richard T Elsam. 1863 – the date on the front of the building itself – refers to the date of the formation of the Hampton Wick Local Board (the forerunner to the Urban District Council).

The reasons given for the listing are:

  • * Architectural interest: exuberant Jacobean Revival exterior in terracotta, and classically treated council chamber, an expression of confident civic pride;

  • * Intactness and rarity: a remarkably complete council chamber, an increasingly rare survival at this level of local government;

  • * Historic interest: resonant evidence of late C19 administration and civic pride at local level.

    English Heritage noted that “In comparison with the larger – and later – town halls at Richmond-upon-Thames or Redbridge, Hampton Wick Local Board Office is small, yet it was grandiose for its setting in the High Street which to this day retains its vernacular, riverine character in its two-storey, often weatherboarded, domestic and commercial buildings.”

Please click here for the full report which describes the building in detail as well as the historic context.

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