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Willoughby Memorial Library and Art Gallery

A Grade I Listed Building in Corby Glen, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 52.8122 / 52°48'43"N

Longitude: -0.5181 / 0°31'5"W

OS Eastings: 499975

OS Northings: 324876

OS Grid: SK999248

Mapcode National: GBR FSS.MTT

Mapcode Global: WHGL4.0KJZ

Plus Code: 9C4XRF6J+VP

Entry Name: Willoughby Memorial Library and Art Gallery

Listing Date: 6 May 1956

Last Amended: 15 December 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1062848

English Heritage Legacy ID: 194048

Location: Corby Glen, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire, NG33

County: Lincolnshire

District: South Kesteven

Civil Parish: Corby Glen

Built-Up Area: Corby Glen

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Corby St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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SK 9824-9924 (north side)

14/74 Willoughby Memorial
Library and Art
6.5.56 Gallery (formerly
listed as Old


Incorrectly shown on OS map as School. Former school, now
Library and Art Gallery. Founded 1669, constructed 1673,
extended 1691, with minor C18 alterations, restored in 1965.
Ashlar and squared limestone rubble. Steeply pitched sprocketed
hipped Collyweston slate roof with lead dressings and finials.
Central 4 shafted ashlar ridge stack with moulded base and
cornices. Rectangular schoolroom with later master's house to
rear right. Single storey with attics and basement, 5 bay front.
Rusticated quoins, chamfered plinth, pulvinated frieze, moulded
eaves. On the frieze the inscription "CAROLUS READ GENEROSUS
2 storey pedimented porch dated 1691 and inscribed with Robert
Kirke and Hugh Wade, Wardens. First floor band, pulvinated
frieze. Central panelled double doors in eared surround and
keyblock, with pulvinated frieze supporting a broken triangular
pediment containing a shield of arms. To first floor, lighting
the parvise, a keyed oculus and in the pediment a circular
window. To the right hand side at basement level is a single 3
light mullioned window. The porch is flanked by pairs of cross
mullioned leaded casements with moulded architraves. The 2 light
leaded casement dormers have hipped roofs and lead cheeks. The
rear has a coved cornice and doorway with plain chamfered
surround and cornice, inscribed on the lintel "Incredere ut
proficias". To right are 2 cross mullioned windows and to left a
C18 glazing bar sash in plain ashlar surround with raised
keyblock. The added rear wing is of coursed square rubble with
ashlar quoins, Collyweston slate roof, raised stone coped gable
and axial ashlar stack. The interior retains a half glazed
doorway to the original school room with pulvinated frieze and
cornice in moulded architrave. The girders are moulded with
large shield plaque stops. The cellar has a large fireplace with
chamfered arched head and deeply chamfered beams. On the first
floor the octagonal ashlar stack has 2 chamfered and stopped
fireplace surrounds. The schoolmaster's accommodation has a
spiral staircase and simply chamfered beams. Charles Read of
Folkingham left a sum of money for the establishment of free
grammar schools at Corby and Tuxford in Nottinghamshire.
Restored in 1965 by the Earl of Ancater and turned into a Library
and Art Gallery as a memorial to his only son, Timothy, who was
drowned at sea. Source: Steel, 1979.

Listing NGR: SK9997524876

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