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Ashton Public Library, Ashton-under-Lyne

Description: Ashton Public Library

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 December 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 212673

OS Grid Reference: SJ9361598950
OS Grid Coordinates: 393615, 398950
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4872, -2.0977

Location: Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7BX

Locality: Ashton-under-Lyne
County: Tameside
Country: England
Postcode: OL6 7BX

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Listing Text

SJ 99 NW (north side)

4/28 Ashton Public
- Library

- II

Library and formerly a school. 1891-3. By John Eaton and
Sons. Ashlar with slate roof. Asymmetrical plan with 2 and
3 storeys steps back to accommodate the site and has a 7-bay
1-storey wing to left. Gothic style. A large tower with
pyramidal roof dominates the design. It has a 3-arched
entrance on columns with naturalistic capitals beneath a
pierced parapet and enriched gable. Second floor mullion and
transom window beneath an arch with carved tympanum has a
pierced balcony. Octagonal stair turret to right has lancet
windows and a conical roof and is balanced at the other
corners by tourelles. Decorative vanes add to the
distinctive skyline. The bays to either side of the tower
have various oriel windows, segmental-headed windows and
blind cusped openings; the left one has a coped gable with
decorative finial. The left wing (originally the school) has
weathered gableted buttresses and segmental-headed windows
beneath arched recesses. Bay 1 terminates the composition
as a gabled projection with an oriel window flanked by
cusped niches. The original interior is virtually complete
retaining mosaic floors, glazed tiles, plasterwork and
glazed doors and screens. The library is housed in a large
room with a gallery on 4 sides supported on enriched cast-
iron columns and with a decorative balustrade.

Listing NGR: SJ9361598950

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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