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Reading Room and Library, Louth

Description: Reading Room and Library

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 195031

OS Grid Reference: TF3268187332
OS Grid Coordinates: 532681, 387332
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3662, -0.0074

Location: 12 Mercer Row, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9ET

Locality: Louth
Local Authority: East Lindsey District Council
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: LN11 9ET

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Listing Text

(West Side)
No 12
(Reading Room and Library)
TF 38 NW 1/26 2.11.54.
Formerly the Mechanics' Institute. Late C18 or early C19. 2 storeys in stucco-covered
painted brick. Plinth. Quoins to ground floor, heavy cornice at 1st floor level
and from this 2 end pilasters with composite capitals rise to the rebuilt parapet
which screens the roof. 3 windows, hung sashes in plain reveals with plain cills,
all having a triangular pediment on 2 small consoles. The central window of
the 1st floor is taller and as a wide shouldered architrave, a larger pediment
and larger consoles. Doorway is semi-circular-headed with fanlight and 2 panelled
doors and is flanked by 2 pilasters supporting an entablature. 2 steps, 2 foot
scrapers. One window section set back to the left, ground floor window altered.
Interior:- Large room with Ionic pilasters to walls, entablature with dentilled
cornice, musicians gallery on posts. C18 style wood fireplace with broken pedimented
shelf now obscured by shelves. Part of room decoration possibly of 1853 when
the roof skylight was added. Room to rear with delicate provincial Adam style
decoration including enriched ceiling with swagged frieze, enriched wood fireplace
flanked by doors with ornamental friezes, and good glazed screen into larger
room with huge enriched semi-circular fanlight over, side lights and glazed doors.
The Mechanics' Institute was originally the Mansion House of Louth and the centre
of Municipal life.
Nos 6 to 12 (even) form a group.

Listing NGR: TF3268187332

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Source: English Heritage

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