SK4933 : York Chambers, 38/40 Market Place, Long Eaton

taken 2 years ago, near to Long Eaton, Derbyshire, Great Britain

York Chambers, 38/40 Market Place, Long Eaton
York Chambers, 38/40 Market Place, Long Eaton
Ceramic tiles in the gable of No.40. The modern replacement tiles are an excellent match, but need to weather a bit more!
York Chambers, 38/40 Market Place, Long Eaton
Commercial buildings as distinctively Art Nouveau in style as this are uncommon in Britain.

No.38, to the right, apparently forming the offices for the local firm of Gorman and Ross, the architects of the building, was built in 1901, followed by No.40 in 1903. This housed the Midland Counties Bank on the ground floor and offices and possibly flats on the upper floors. The style is mannerist, with influences of the northern European versions of the Art Nouveau style, and will not be to everyone's taste. Apart from the insertion of a modern shop front into No.38, the exterior is entirely original, with a variety of decorative features. Notable is the panel of ceramic tiles with intricate leaf motif in the gable.

The listing description makes a brief reference to retained interior features of No.38, but mention should also be made of the retained features of the banking hall of No.40*. This is panelled to dado level in light oak, later overpainted but now stripped back to the original finish. There is a tall panelled chimney breast with central niche and pier glasses on the canted sides over a fireplace with marble surround and matching grate (possible original).

The original entrance lobby has been partly opened out, with the original inner door and lower screen missing, but the upper part of the screen retains fine examples of stained glass with the typical stylised flowers and leaves of the Art Nouveau style, together with two female part figures.

An amusing feature is that the modern gents' toilet for the pub has been built into the former bank vault, retaining the original surround to the vault door (although not the door itself.)

The buildings are Listed Grade II.

*Currently (2018) in use as a small real-ale pub.
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Date Taken
Friday, 19 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
Early 20th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1903 
Style (from Tags)
Art Nouveau 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4911 3374 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:53.9320N 1:16.2832W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4910 3373
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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