National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Corn Exchange Parapet


Type Medallion

     The building is of red brick with the porch and its pillars, the pediment and parapet, in stucco painted grey. There are two flat pilasters on each side of the porch the whole height of the hall, also in stucco. Two Tuscan pillars flank the entrance porch on each side, and in the parapet, above each pillar, is a rectangular block on the face of which is a sheaf of corn carved in high relief. The panels are dark, the corn sheaves are gilded. The door to the Exchange was replaced by a large window when the building was used by Habitat, but there are large glass double doors in place now. The corn sheaves indicate the use of the building as a corn exchange.
     The Corn Exchange waws built in Angel Street by the Protectionists; their bitter enemies, the Free Traders, built their market in the Cornmarket. This was overkill for a town the size of Worcester and neither prospered. The hall in the Corn Market has been demolished but the Corn Exchange survived. The building fell into disuse and deteriorated; rescue came in the form of conversion to a store for Habitat. Habitat has since moved out and the Corn Exchange was again empty for a while before becoming a restaurant in 2000.


CORN EXCHANGE centrally placed on the solid parapet above the entrance porch, the letters raised and gilded, against a dark background 1848 centrally placed above the door to the hall, the figures raised and gilded

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Rowe, H. Architect
Wood, Joseph Builder

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sheaf of corn (x 4) Gilded stone 1.2m high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WOwoWOmg038 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Angel Street
Precise location Parapet of the Corn Exchange
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1848
Year of unveiling 1848
Unveiling details 26 August 1848
Commissioned by Protectionist corn traders
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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