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University Library, Durham

Description: University Library

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 March 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 110406

OS Grid Reference: NZ2733642272
OS Grid Coordinates: 427336, 542272
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7746, -1.5766

Location: 9 Owengate, Durham DH1 3RS

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3RS

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 SW (West side)

14/350 University Library


Lecture rooms, now library. 1882 by A.W. Blomfield. Coursed squared sandstone
with ashlar dressings; stone flagged roof with stone gable copings.
Perpendicular style. 2 storeys of varying heights; 5 bays. Gabled first bay
has steps up to double door with wrought iron hinges in hollow-chamfered
Tudor-arched surround; carved spandrels and arcaded panel above in square-
headed moulded surround. 4-light window, stone mullioned and transomed, above;
first floor string; gable parapet string with corner gargoyles. Right end
entrance bay has added Renaissance-style porch with Tuscan columns, entablature
with low-relief UNIVERSITY LIBRARY in frieze, and obelisk finials; round arch
of door has long bracket from key supporting hood. Shallow canted bay above
has eaves string and moulded flat-coped parapet. Central block has 2 large
mullioned-and-transomed windows on ground floor and three 2-light mullioned
windows on first floor, with elliptical heads; first floor string; eaves string
with corner gargoyles; roll-moulded parapet. Roof has roll-moulded gable copings;
stone crown finials.

Interior: large open-well stair has twisted wrought-iron balustrade; first
floor rooms have boarded dados, plaster walls and bracketed queen post and
collar roofs.

Listing NGR: NZ2733642272

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Source: English Heritage

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