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Description: Former Library and Number 5
Date Listed: 8 February 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 188186
OS Grid Reference: SP4264693764
OS Grid Coordinates: 442646, 293764
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5401, -1.3726
SP 4293 NE TOWN OF HINCKLEY STATION ROAD (east
No 3 (Former Library) and
8.2.79 No 5
Library of 1888 built to the designs of Isaac Barradale of Leicester
and combining Arts and Crafts details with elements of William and Mary
inspiration. The adjoining Council Offices were added in 1903 by the
Town Surveyor F.C. Cook in a sympathetic but less original style. Red
brick with restrained ashlar dressings, and steeply pitched plain tile
roofs with stepped gable parapets incorporating chimney stacks. The
library to the left is of one and 2-storeys. Twin narrow stepped
gables linked by a miniature arch mark. The 3 window bays to the
right, the windows being contained through two storeys by narrow arched
recesses. The left hand (north) end has a similar but taller gable
above the entrance with a terracotta architrave and "Free Library"
inscribed in an Arts and Crafts script. The left and right hand gables
are separated by a square bay with mullioned and transomed window.
Lower twin gables of similar design to the left hand return with the
unusual but sensitively detailed feature of shallow concave swept
buttresses to the corner. A single-storey range of close-set segmental
arched windows extends to the rear, lighting the former lending room
and terminating in another stepped gable break. Decorative details are
restrained and sharply detailed in brick; string courses, narrow
keystones and vertical fillets with ashlar scrolled consoles as
kneelers to the gables. 2 storey council offices to the right with
shaped gables, arcaded windows, fluted brick pilasters and a central
entrance with segmental pediment, and fanlight.
Listing NGR: SP4264693764
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Source: English Heritage
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