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Central Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in West Bromwich Central, Sandwell

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Latitude: 52.5203 / 52°31'13"N

Longitude: -1.9977 / 1°59'51"W

OS Eastings: 400251

OS Northings: 291382

OS Grid: SP002913

Mapcode National: GBR 29T.TD

Mapcode Global: VH9YN.BX79

Entry Name: Central Public Library

Listing Date: 29 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1216521

English Heritage Legacy ID: 219314

Location: Sandwell, B70

County: Sandwell

Electoral Ward/Division: West Bromwich Central

Built-Up Area: West Bromwich

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: West Bromwich St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

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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