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Description: The Public Library
Date Listed: 19 March 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 122935
OS Grid Reference: TQ8806886075
OS Grid Coordinates: 588068, 186075
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5422, 0.7107
The Public Library
TQ 88 NE 2/76 19.3.74.
Built in 1905 to the design of H T Hare. Andrew Carnegie contributed £8,000 towards
the cost. A red brick building with stone dressings and a stone plinth. 2 storeys.
The west front has gabled wings at the north and south ends. The centre part
has stone Ionic pilasters. 1:3:1 window range. The upper storey of the centre
part is of panelled stone and the centre mullion to each of the windows is in
the form of a moulded baluster. There are stone swags under each window cill.
The windows in the wings are 3-light with Roman Doric engaged columns and segmental
open pediments on the 1st storey and pilasters on the ground storey. A central
doorway has Roman Doric engaged columns and an open segmental pediment. The south
front has 2 slightly projected bays, of similar design to the wings on the west
front and 3 window range in the centre. A central porch projects on the ground
storey, with an open segmental pediment and pilasters. Roof slate, with a stone
modillion eaves cornice and a central glazed cupola on the west front.
Listing NGR: TQ8806886075
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Source: English Heritage
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