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Bury School of Arts and Crafts, Bury

Description: Bury School of Arts and Crafts

Grade: II
Date Listed: 21 June 1991
English Heritage Building ID: 210776

OS Grid Reference: SD8035210668
OS Grid Coordinates: 380352, 410668
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5922, -2.2983

Location: Back Market Street, Bury BL9 0DA

Locality: Bury
County: Bury
Country: England
Postcode: BL9 0DA

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:


1/75 Bury School of Arts
and Crafts


Former Technical School, now (1991) an Adult Education Centre.
Dated 1893. Designed by the Borough Engineer,Joshua Cartwright,
for Bury Borough Council. Accrington brick with principal
elevation's faced with Cullingworth limestone; Westmorland slate
roofs. Occupies a long irregular site bounded by Broad Street,
Moss Street and Back Haymarket Street. Rooms lead off from a
central spine corridor (with main stairs set centrally to one
side (E))and include top-lit studios on the Broad Street
(entrance) range, a north-lit weaving shed to the W (part of a
sequence of textile instruction rooms); almost detached for
safety reasons are the Chemical Laboratories; to the lower
Haymarket Street, W, side are the physical Sciences rooms, along
with various offices, lecture theatres and libraries. It was
reputed to be among the best equipped Technical Schools in
northern England. Free Renaissance Style. Broad Street elevation
(N): all stone, basement, 1st floor and attic studios. 5 bays,
the centre projected as a porch with pedimented attic storey. 3-
light windows to principal floors, the basement area protected
by contemporary railings with low stone piers with moulded caps.
Rustication to basement, Sculptural friezes to window bays and
intermediate pilasters (the latter breaking the moulded cornice
and surmounted by shaped finials), the former representing the
various Arts, Crafts and Applied Sciences. The central doorway
has a Swan-necked pediment on console brackets which frame the
words 'TECHNICAL SCHOOLS'. Elaborate double gates. Rear elevation
(Moss Street, facing the Museum & Art Gallery), also stone,
single-storeyed, 3 bays each with 3-light window with mullions
and transom and, over the too right-hand bays, a shaped gable
wall containing the municipal coat of arms. Side elevations,
brick, irregularly fenestrated with various Flemish gables; Back
Haymarket Street contains full-height recessed canted bay window
that lights the Main Street. Plain elevations to S.W. (facing
Sparrow Park); there were unexecuted proposals to extend the
building at this point. All flues gathered in tall battered
square-section stack with fluted stone panels below cornice.
Interior: many well-preserved doors and door surrounds, areas of
wall tiling, mosaic flooring, elaborate wall radiators with
terms, coloured glass etc. Open well stairs with decorative cast-
iron work. Various specialised rooms include a textile
instruction room which is identical (but on a miniature scale)
to contemporary weaving sheds. The building has strong Group
Value with the Museum &. Arts Gallery (ref.1/55)

Listing NGR: SD8035210668

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Source: English Heritage

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