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Description: 40, Friar Lane
Date Listed: 21 January 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 188848
OS Grid Reference: SK5851604242
OS Grid Coordinates: 458516, 304242
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6328, -1.1368
5304 (South Side)
SK 5804 SE 3/39A No 40
Former Turkish Baths, now library and offices. Built 1872 to the designs of
J Everard, with C20 alterations. Brick with ashlar dressings, and slate roofs.
Street front, 3 storey, 7 bays. Off centre doorway with panel door and overlight,
with a plain sash and 2 casements to the left, and 2 sashes and a round headed
doorway with hood to the right. Above 7 irregularly spaced sashes, all with
segment brick heads and ashlar keystones. Above again 3 glazing bar dormers.
To the rear of the site the main octagonal bath hall, 2 storey topped with a
lantern, this section is now floored in but all the original structure survives.
The main octagonal hall has 8 marble columns, standing on moulded ashlar bases,
supporting finely carved capitals decorated with flowers and insects. These
support 8 sharply pointed and moulded ashlar arches, with complex vaulted ribs
decorated with dog-tooth and brick infill. Above is an octagonal lantern, with
eight pointed windows containing stained glass, and above a polychromatic brick
vault. Some of the vaulted passages which lead off the main hall have finely
carved ornate capitals.
Listing NGR: SK5851604242
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Source: English Heritage
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