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Description: Central Library
Date Listed: 7 June 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 185806
OS Grid Reference: SD8104422733
OS Grid Coordinates: 381044, 422733
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7007, -2.2886
SD 82 SW RAWTENSTALL QUEEN'S SQUARE
14/227 Central Library
Public Library, 1906, by Crouch, Butler & Savage of Birmingham (Pevsner). Red
brick with rock-faced sandstone facade, steeply-pitched slate roofs with ridge
ventilators. L-shaped plan on corner site: 2 wings built at reflex angle,
hinged on a drum with a lantern, with a segmental reading hall in the angle to
the rear. Two storeys with single-storey reading hall. Classical style with
some baroque detail: principally the entrance front at the centre of the
3/4-cylindrical corner facade, which has a one-bay 2-storey ashlar facing
incorporating a porch of free Ionic columns distyle in antis, frieze lettered
PUBLIC LIBRARY, dentilled cornice; at 1st floor a sashed window with
architrave and iron mock-balcony in a segmental-headed panel flanked by
ornamemted panelled pilasters, the whole under a prominent dentilled cornice
arched over the centre; and set back, a balustraded drum carrying an octagonal
lantern with domed roof and finial. Each side of the entrance bay are 3
sashed windows on each floor, all with glazing bars, (the upper with smaller
6-pane upper leaf). Receding wings have round-headed windows at ground floor
rectangular at 1st floor. Rear: red brick, the reading hall with very tall
windows, wings with coupled windows at 1st floor, and drum with 3 tall
stairlights. Lantern has rectangular windows. Interior: ground floor is one
vessel with Ionic colonnades (foliated bands to the columns, and foliated
beams in the wings); Art Nouveau balustrade to staircase in drum.
Listing NGR: SD8104422733
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Source: English Heritage
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