Watson Fothergill's offices

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Watson Fothergill’s office
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Location in Central Nottingham
General information
Address15-17 George Street
Town or city Nottingham
Coordinates Coordinates: 52°57′16.3″N1°8′43.2″W / 52.954528°N 1.145333°W / 52.954528; -1.145333
Opened1895
Design and construction
Architect Watson Fothergill
Designations Grade II listed [1]

Watson Fothergill’s office is a Grade II listed building in George Street, Nottingham.

Nottingham City and unitary authority area in England

Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham and 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Manchester, in the East Midlands.

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History

The arrival of the Great Central Railway in Nottingham resulted in the relocation of all businesses in the area required for the construction of Nottingham Victoria railway station. Watson Fothergill decided to move to George Street, and his new office building was constructed in 1895. [2]

Great Central Railway British pre-grouping railway company (1897–1922)

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The facade features a statue of a medieval architect, and busts of Augustus Pugin and George Edmund Street. Also inscribed on the building are the surnames of the architects George Gilbert Scott, William Burges and Richard Norman Shaw.

Augustus Pugin English architect and designer

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was an English architect, designer, artist, and critic who is principally remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style of architecture. His work culminated in designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster in Westminster, London, England and its iconic clock tower, later renamed the Elizabeth Tower, which houses the bell known as Big Ben. Pugin designed many churches in England and some in Ireland and Australia. He was the son of Auguste Pugin, and the father of Edward Welby and Peter Paul Pugin, who continued his architectural firm as Pugin & Pugin. He also created Alton Castle in Alton, Staffordshire.

George Edmund Street English architect

George Edmund Street, also known as G. E. Street, was an English architect, born at Woodford in Essex. Stylistically, Street was a leading practitioner of the Victorian Gothic revival. Though mainly an ecclesiastical architect, he is perhaps best known as the designer of the Royal Courts of Justice, on the Strand in London.

George Gilbert Scott English architect (1811–1878)

Sir George Gilbert Scott, styled Sir Gilbert Scott, was a prolific English Gothic revival architect, chiefly associated with the design, building and renovation of churches and cathedrals, although he started his career as a leading designer of workhouses. Over 800 buildings were designed or altered by him.

The office was for sale in 2011, but failed to reach the £240,000 reserve price. [3]

On 19 July 2015 the building was damaged by a truck [4] and was fully repaired by early 2018 [5]

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References

  1. Historic England, "15 and 17, George Street (1247548)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 3 April 2017
  2. Pevsner, Nikolaus (1979). The Buildings of England, Nottinghamshire. Penguin Books Limited. p. 233. ISBN   0-300-09636-4.
  3. "Talks to sell Fothergill offices". Nottingham Evening Post . 16 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  4. Russell, Dan (25 July 2015). "Watson Fothergill building damaged by truck". Nottingham Evening Post . Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  5. http://www.bonsersrestoration.co.uk/news/bonsers-restoration-news-watson-fothergill-offices-george-street/