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Former Debenhams Nottingham building gets Grade II listing status

Nottingham’s former Debenhams store on Long Row has been granted Grade II listed status.

The building on the corner of Long Row and Market Street was launched as a draper’s shop in 1846.

It was then a Griffin and Spalding store in 1878 before being sold to Debenhams in 1944.

The building has now been listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

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Heritage Category:Listed Building
List Entry Number:1477986
Date first listed:01-Mar-2022
Statutory Address: Nottingham, NG1 2DS

The former store is made up of a range of buildings and the large corner block, developed by W Griffin and JT Spalding.

Hugh Shannon, Historic England listing adviser, said:

“It’s a place that holds cherished memories of meetings with friends or family, of buying significant items for life events,” he said.

“While some of these individual buildings are by Nottingham’s best known and respected architects such as TC Hine and Son and William Dymock Pratt, it is the 1920s classically detailed, Portland Stone clad corner block by Bromley and Watkins at 40-44 Long Row which dominates.

“This brought to Nottingham a building in the style of the large shops in London’s newly rebuilt Regent Street.

“In combination with the contemporary council house and the stone slabs which pave Old Market Square, it defines the character of the commercial centre of Nottingham.”

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