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Lewisham Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Lewisham, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4546 / 51°27'16"N

Longitude: -0.0166 / 0°0'59"W

OS Eastings: 537905

OS Northings: 174717

OS Grid: TQ379747

Mapcode National: GBR L3.0HW

Mapcode Global: VHGR7.NPLQ

Entry Name: Lewisham Public Library

Listing Date: 11 January 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1261963

English Heritage Legacy ID: 436198

Location: Lewisham, London, SE13

County: London

District: Lewisham

Electoral Ward/Division: Lewisham Central

Built-Up Area: Lewisham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Lewisham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


LEWISHAM HIGH STREET
TQ 3774

779-/18/10018 Lewisham Public Library

II

Public Library. 1901 by Alexander Hennell, extended 1929. Red brick with extensive terracotta dressings, slate roof Central entrance oftwo storeys and attic, with banded chimney stack on south side, flanked by single-storey side ranges of four bays each. Side elevations two windows with pedimental end to clerestorey; main lending library set at rear, also of two bays with clerestorey, this in hipped roof. Entrance doors set within arched flame inscribed 'PUBLIC LIBRARY', reached up steps set withjaunty iron railings. Tripartite window over with broken pediment; the windowsill with scrolled,
shouldered surround and linked by dramatic voussoir to the door below. Other windows to front and return elevations all with shouldered surrounds over scroll-flanked aprons. Interior with barrell-vaulted lending library under clerestorey with coloured glass, behind a sequence of top-lit reference rooms and offices to front. The earliest of Lewisham's distinctive group of terracotta-embellished libraries: a strong, clear composition with a well-lit interior and good use of materials.

Listing NGR: TQ3790574717

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