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Lyceum and Art School

A Grade II Listed Building in Coldhurst, Oldham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.5408 / 53°32'26"N

Longitude: -2.1111 / 2°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 392736

OS Northings: 404906

OS Grid: SD927049

Mapcode National: GBR FWPH.RG

Mapcode Global: WHB9B.J8YF

Entry Name: Lyceum and Art School

Listing Date: 23 January 1973

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201650

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388949

Location: Oldham, OL1

County: Oldham

Electoral Ward/Division: Coldhurst

Built-Up Area: Oldham

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Oldham St Mary with St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


OLDHAM

SD9204NE UNION STREET
780-1/6/83 (North side)
23/01/73 Lyceum and School of Art

GV II

Lyceum and Art School. Built in a single block and to a common
style, the Lyceum in 1856, the Art School (to the right) added
in 1881. Pennington of Manchester the original architect.
Ashlar, rusticated to ground floor, Welsh slate roof.
The 2 buildings form a strongly symmetrical range, differing
only in small details. Each is 2-storeyed, a 7-window range
with central entrance.
Lyceum (to the left) has round-arched doorway with rusticated
and chamfered stonework each side, and paired 8-panelled doors
in slightly advanced architrave enriched with low-relief
carving.
Three 2-pane sashes each side of entrance, and round-arched
upper windows with low relief panelling above and below
forming a continuous arcade at first floor level. Laurel
wreaths in low relief above the windows, and Greek key frieze.
Elaborate tripartite window over entrance, with foliate
capitals to architrave, round-arched central light, and
segmental glazing forming outer arch. Cast-iron balconette.
Modillions and foliate emblems form cornice over this bay,
which has a shallow segmental pediment inscribed "Lyceum".
Urns surmount the panelled parapet.
Art School similarly detailed, differing only in the entrance
bay, which has a plainer squared architrave and overlight,
with heavily rusticated piers. Pediment over this bay
inscribed "Science and Art".
Return elevations to Clegg Street and Greaves Street similarly
detailed. Heavy decorated cast-iron railings on low plinth
wall with stone piers at angles and each side of entrance
steps, surmounted by cast-iron globe lamps.
The Lyceum was built to include newsroom, reading room and
library, lecture rooms, committee and club rooms, class rooms
and observatory.


Listing NGR: SD9273604906

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