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Description: Central Public Library
Date Listed: 29 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 219314
OS Grid Reference: SP0025191382
OS Grid Coordinates: 400251, 291382
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5203, -1.9977
SANDWELL MB HIGH STREET (south-west side)
SP 0091 SW
14/103 Central Public Library
Public library. 1907. By Stephen J Holliday of West Bromwich. Red brick
with yellow terra cotta dressings. Main facade a symmetrical composition of
two storeys and five bays with giant engaged fluted Ionic columns on pedestals.
The central bay has an open pediment supported on outer antae and inner free-
standing columns. The ground floor windows have round heads with keystones.
The timber glazing bars incorporate Venetian lower lights with a central pedi-
ment. The first floor windows are of three lights separated by brick mullions,
except for the central one. This is of two round-headed lights under a round
arch within the pediment. The doorway is approached by stone steps and has a
round arch with glazing. Interior: open-well stair in central hallway has
mosaic and tile decoration which includes inscription: "This building is the
gift of Mr Andrew Carnegie to the Borough". (VCH, 72). Murals in stairwell and lending library, of c.1913-24, the latter illustrating the scenes from The Canterbury Tales. Some repartitioning of the library when it was re-organised in 1937-8, and these partitions and some shelving survives.
Listing NGR: SP0025191382
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Source: English Heritage
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