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Public Library, Bridport

Description: Public Library

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 November 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 104515

OS Grid Reference: SY4678692918
OS Grid Coordinates: 346786, 92918
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7334, -2.7554

Location: East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3LF

Locality: Bridport
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT6 3LF

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Listing Text

(North Side)

Public Library
(Formerly listed
as Literary and
Scientific Institute)

SY 4692 1/66 28.11.50.


1835. Originally founded as a Mechanics Institute by Henry Warburton MP,
then in 1855 reconstituted as a Literary and Scientific Institute. Portland
ashlar. 2 storeys and high basement. Moulded band. Moulded eaves cornice
and blocking course. Rusticated ground floor. 4 ranges round headed sashes
with glazing bars, those on 1st floor with continuous sill band and moulded
voussoirs and impost band. Panel with "Literary and Scientific Institute"
inscribed. Panelled door with contemporary acanthus moulding and semi-circular
fanlight, flanked by Greek Doric columns taking semi-circular arch. Some
railings with spear finals,

Nos 37 to 47 (odd) the Unitarian Chapel, the Public Library, and Nos 53 to 57 (odd)
form a group.

Listing NGR: SY4678592921

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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