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Description: The Public Library
Date Listed: 24 March 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 144660
OS Grid Reference: SU4801929763
OS Grid Coordinates: 448019, 129763
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0652, -1.3161
The Public Library
SU 4829 NW 3/139 24.3.50.
Completed 1838. O B Carter, Architect. Street front 1 storey. Central
projecting portico with 4 Tuscan stone columns on flight of stone steps,
with symmetrical wings and angle pavilions of yellow stock bricks on stone
plinth, with moulded stone string at springing of window arches, large
rusticated stone quoins, wide flat bracketed eaves cornice. Similar treatment
to pediment over central portico Above the portico is a square bell turret
with brick base, stone string and corner Doric stone pilasters (painted)
crowned with wide eaves cornice, similar to main building, with wooden
painted louvres on each side. All roofs of slate. Building 1+3+2+3+1
windows with doorway in centre. Windows to wings and pavilions have arched
heads with radiating bars. Those in wings evidently altered, and stone
string at springing cut away. Formerly a Corn Exchange. This building
has very strong character and is reminiscent of Smirke's designs. The
whole restored to its original external appearance in 1965, but interior
Listing NGR: SU4800729640
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Source: English Heritage
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