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Historic Scarborough Building Gains Listed Status

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11:30am 19th August 2017

An historic Scarborough building has this week been granted listed status.

Historic England have designated the former Bramcote Tennis Pavilion as Grade II listed.

It was designed by John Hall and built back in 1885, shortly after the game of lawn tennis was developed, and has been described by Historic England as one of the oldest surviving lawn tennis buildings in the world.

The building was home to the North of England Lawn Tennis Club until 1901, when it was leased to Bramcote School, it's believed to be little altered from it's original design.

Historic England have given a number of reasons for their decision to grant it Grade II listed status:

  •  for its complex design, intricate roof and half-timbered principal elevation, producing a charming Arts and Crafts influenced building of considerable visual appeal;
  • as a particularly good example of the bungalow-with-veranda form of sports building which epitomised the late Victorian and Edwardian period;
  •  as a very early and rare surviving purpose-built lawn tennis pavilion dating to the earliest days of the modern sport, and therefore one of the earliest surviving lawn tennis buildings in the world;
  • including changing rooms for both sexes, the building illustrates a particularly significant social historical aspect of the sport.


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