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Description: Edward Pease Public Library and Darlington Art Gallery
Date Listed: 6 September 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 110595
OS Grid Reference: NZ2905514642
OS Grid Coordinates: 429055, 514642
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5262, -1.5526
1. (East Side)
Edward Pease Public Library
and Darlington Art Gallery
NZ 2914 NW 9/249
Exuberant civic building inscribed Edward Pease Free Library 1884. One storey
and attic; 6 bays on East Street, canted angle and 21 bays on Crown Street front,
of which the 6th bay from the right is an entrance. Strong red brick with plentiful
terra-cotta dressings. High pitched roof of graduated Lakeland slates with big,
decorative ridge stacks. Attic windows in gables of an elaborate Dutch renaissance
style, at intervals; some straight and some serpentine open pediments. All windows
have baroque treatment: scrolled side pieces and moulded projecting key blocks
running up through segmental pediments with fan decoration. Brickwork panels below.
Five splayed steps, with cast iron lame holders on side walls, to corner doorway
under pediment holding coats of arms among scrolls. A few wrought iron area railings
remain. Wood cupola with ogee lead dome on ridge above side entrance. Plaque
on west wall refers to a stone with an iron hitching ring set below. This is where
W.T. Stead, the celebrated campaigning journalist, used to tie his horse when he
was editor of the "Northern Echo".
Listing NGR: NZ2905514642
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Source: English Heritage
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