The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Department stores

Beales – Bolton

Nominated by: C20
Have C20 acted upon before? No
Region: North West
Former names: Whitaker's
Dates from: 1907
Architect: George Crowther
Listed: Grade II
Features of merit: Architectural interest: for its relatively intact exterior which combines decorative ironwork of c1905 and 1930s embellishments (Gervis Place) with an early 1920s ornamented façade (Old Christchurch Road) of good-quality tile decoration by Carter and Co of Poole; * Historic interest: as a particularly good and quite well-documented example of a purpose-built, provincial department store which has evolved over the years in response to changing shopping trends and architectural fashions; * Interior: for the survival of historic features, notably cast-iron columns, decorative plasterwork and the two principal staircases and associated balustrades, which is not always to be expected in commercial premises.

Closed 2016. Owner (Beales?) at risk of administration.

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