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Reference Library, Leicester

Description: Reference Library

Grade: II
Date Listed: 14 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 188583

OS Grid Reference: SK5881704266
OS Grid Coordinates: 458817, 304266
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6330, -1.1324

Location: 12 Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AF

Locality: Leicester
County: Leicester
Country: England
Postcode: LE1 6AF

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Listing Text

SK 5804 SE 3/216 Reference Library
Dated 1904 Edward Burgess architect. Two tall storeys (part three storeys),
attics and basement. Large red brick building with ashlar dressings.
Mannered classical details. Tiled hipped roof. Modillion eaves cornice.
Moulded string course. Ends project with quoined angles. Centre five
large windows in moulded shouldered architraves with sill aprons, ground
floor have segmental arches, first floor have alternating segmental and
triangular broken pediments containing cartouche. Projecting left ashlar
ground floor with two round arches. Ionic pilasters and entablature above
two windows in moulded architraves with segmental pediments to first floor
and round arch niche at centre, ashlar segmental pedimented dormer, small
circular domed turret corbelled in angle of central recess. Right-hand
projection, large first floor ashlar open pedimented window with Ionic
pilasters and round-arch window with keyblock, altered segmental arch
window below. Including basement area railings with arrow-head shafts
and openwork iron stranchions. Elevation facing Bowling Green Street-two
storeys seven windows, irregular, but with similar details, and small
domed turret, ashlar plinth.

All the listed buildings in Bishop Street together with The Town Hall,
Pickfords Fountain and War Memorial, Town Hall Square rear elevations
of Nos 7, 9, and 11 Granby Street and No 10, The Royal Hotel, Nos 17, 19
and 21 Horsefair Street form a group around Town Hall Square. (Pickfords
is a building of local interest).

Listing NGR: SK5881704266

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

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