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University Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Elvet and Gilesgate, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7746 / 54°46'28"N

Longitude: -1.5766 / 1°34'35"W

OS Eastings: 427336

OS Northings: 542272

OS Grid: NZ273422

Mapcode National: GBR KFF7.G6

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.R8G1

Entry Name: University Library

Listing Date: 10 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1310414

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110406

Location: County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 SW (West side)

14/350 University Library


Lecture rooms, now library. 1882 by A.W. Blomfield. Coursed squared sandstone
with ashlar dressings; stone flagged roof with stone gable copings.
Perpendicular style. 2 storeys of varying heights; 5 bays. Gabled first bay
has steps up to double door with wrought iron hinges in hollow-chamfered
Tudor-arched surround; carved spandrels and arcaded panel above in square-
headed moulded surround. 4-light window, stone mullioned and transomed, above;
first floor string; gable parapet string with corner gargoyles. Right end
entrance bay has added Renaissance-style porch with Tuscan columns, entablature
with low-relief UNIVERSITY LIBRARY in frieze, and obelisk finials; round arch
of door has long bracket from key supporting hood. Shallow canted bay above
has eaves string and moulded flat-coped parapet. Central block has 2 large
mullioned-and-transomed windows on ground floor and three 2-light mullioned
windows on first floor, with elliptical heads; first floor string; eaves string
with corner gargoyles; roll-moulded parapet. Roof has roll-moulded gable copings;
stone crown finials.

Interior: large open-well stair has twisted wrought-iron balustrade; first
floor rooms have boarded dados, plaster walls and bracketed queen post and
collar roofs.

Listing NGR: NZ2733642272

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