Description: Stalybridge Public Library
Date Listed: 6 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 212641
OS Grid Reference: SJ9638298507
OS Grid Coordinates: 396382, 398507
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4833, -2.0560
SJ 99 NE STALYBRIDGE TRINITY STREET
- Public Library
Public library. 1897-1901. By J. Medland Taylor. Hammer-
dressed stone ground floor, brick first floor and clay tile
roof. Total of 6 bays and 2 storeys. Jacobean revival.
Projecting plinth, continuous sill bands and first floor
cornice, eaves cornice, irregular quoins and coped gables
with ball finials. Bay 1 projects as a gabled wing, bay 3
has a single-storey porch and bay 5 a projecting chimney
stack with canted sides. The porch has cast iron gates
within a round-headed arch on bulbous Ionic columns which is
flanked by taller Ionic columns supporting the entablature.
The entablature is inscribed "Astley Cheetham Public
Library" above 3 basket-headed arches: It has a cornice
which breaks forward above smaller Ionic columns. Windows
have 2 or 3-light, mullions and transoms, and 3 first floor
windows break through the eaves line and have shaped gables.
Bow window on right return. Interior: central atrium
surrounded by elliptical keystone arches on rusticated
columns giving access to the peripheral rooms one of which is
a hall-like edifice with hammer-beam roof trusses. Moulded
plaster ceilings and timber screens.
Listing NGR: SJ9638298507
Source: English Heritage
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