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Bedales Memorial Library, Lupton Hall and Corridor, Steep

Description: Bedales Memorial Library, Lupton Hall and Corridor

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 March 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 143243

OS Grid Reference: SU7428925132
OS Grid Coordinates: 474289, 125132
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0208, -0.9422

Location: 71 Church Road, Steep, Hampshire GU32 2DD

Locality: Steep
Local Authority: East Hampshire District Council
County: Hampshire
Country: England
Postcode: GU32 2DD

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Listing Text

STEEP CHURCH ROAD
SU 72 NW
9/48 Bedales: Memorial Library,
Lupton Hall and corridor
(formerly listed as
'Bedales New Hall and
16.3.54 Memorial Library')
I
A hall/theatre of 1911 and library of 1922 by Ernest Gimson, forming an L-shaped
block (designed as buildings, with unbuilt gymnasium and laboratories, round a
quadrangle), and an open corridor linking the hall to the main school block. The
hall exterior has walls of handmade local bricks in English bond, with plain open-
ings: the end gables have kneelers and large circular openings, there is a semi-
circular (staircase) projection. The roof of plain tiles has four triangular
ventilating gablets just below the ridge, and glazed gables at each side of the
building. Regular fenestration of small windows, and a doorway under a hood
adjoining the staircase. The west gable is masked below the circular window by a
narthex, which has three semi-circular windows; to its south side is attached an
open corridor protecting a flight of steps and then turning at right-angles to con-
tinue to the main block, with a central carriage opening. Interior: there are
6 bays separated by prominent roof trusses, with king posts, collars, arch braces,
and crucks resting on short brick piers. The library has similar details, with its
two long elevations of Elizabethan style, showing a two-storeyed range with a deep
parapet, lintel weathered bands, triple lights and two full-height bays (one of
greater projection having the staircase within): there is a projecting porch with a
gable above an arched doorway, approached by a flight of steps. Interior: the
feature of the building is the barn-like timber frame of seven bays, with two-
storeyed aisles: the massive framework includes King posts, arch braces to tie-
beams and wall-plates, and wide floorboards. The furnishings are contemporary.
The corridor has a tile roof, supported on trusses (reflecting the idiom of the
buildings) with crucks on tie-beams, with verticals (arched on the inside) resting
on a brick wall. The wider spacing of the through roadway is capped by a taller
hipped roof.


Listing NGR: SU7464025294

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

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.




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