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Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne

Description: Literary and Philosophical Society

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 June 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 304943

OS Grid Reference: NZ2481363925
OS Grid Coordinates: 424813, 563925
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9693, -1.6139

Location: 19 A186, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Locality: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Newcastle upon Tyne
Country: England
Postcode: NE1 1SE

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Listing Text

(south side)
14.6.54 Literary and Philosophical
Private library and society rooms. 1822 by John Green; stone mason John Ions of
Gateshead. Sandstone ashlar; roof not visible. Greek revival style. 3 storeys, 3 bays
under pediment. Moulded plinths; rusticated ground floor with wide square stone steps
to double door recessed behind fluted Ionic columns; Voussoirs to this and to
flanking aproned sashes. First-floor sashes in architraves, with cornices, the central
bracketed; projecting sills to square second-floor sashes; all windows have glazing
bars. Top entablature with triglyphs and guttae. Ends set back and entablature
follows. 1885 addition of rear wing at right-angles obscured by Bolbec Hall (q.v.).
Interior shows much classical stucco ornament on friezes; wrought-iron balconies
and spiral stair to library gallery; low-domed roof lights with glazing bars. Extension
at rear with similar-style interior 1888/9 by A.B. Gibson. Sculpture collection
includes busts of Bewick 1825 by Bailey, of Rev. Turner 1829 by Bailey; of George
Stephenson 1832 by Moore; of Robert Stephenson 1855 by Wyon; and statue of James Losh
1836 by Lough.

Listing NGR: NZ2481363925

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Source: English Heritage

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