SU9643 : Godalming: The Pepper Pot

taken 3 years ago, near to Godalming, Surrey, Great Britain

Godalming: The Pepper Pot
Godalming: The Pepper Pot
Your photographer thought that The Pepper Pot was just a popular nickname for this distinctive former town hall building in the centre of Godalming, but even English Heritage call it by that name now. Their description of the building is thus:-

"Former Town Hall. Dated 1814, by John Perry; stair tower added 1890s. Stuccoed with Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, the lower storey open. 3 x 3 bays, the shorter sides canted and so forming elongated octagonal plan. South elevation: projecting central bay. On ground floor, round-arched arcade with rusticated columns on plinths, imposts and archivolts, the central arch larger. First floor: band, broken in centre by date plaque; 3 sashes with glazing bars in reveals with projecting sills, central sill moulded. Oversailing eaves to octagonal roof. Central 2-stage tower with clock (by Richard Steadman of Godalming) to metalled lower stage, and Tuscan-columned cupola above housing bell and with dome surmounted by finial. Returns: ground floor arcades have large central arches, that of left return with inserted 6-panel door and fanlight with radial glazing bars; 1st floors have central sash with glazing bars flanked by round-arched recesses. Rear: windows are all blind; on right, added cantilevered stair-tower with rounded corner, strings, 6-pane window, cornice, and flat roof."

Almost all of the buildings on either side of the High Street here, and the black pump in front of the Pepper Pot, are Grade II Listed too.

The High Street was once the main A3 road between London and Portsmouth...
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Sunday, 13 December, 2015
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces 
Primary Subject of Photo
Town Hall 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9685 4382 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.1248N 0:36.9381W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9682 4379
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Grade II Listed Building  Town Hall (Former) 

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