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Ashton Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside

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Latitude: 53.4872 / 53°29'14"N

Longitude: -2.0977 / 2°5'51"W

OS Eastings: 393615

OS Northings: 398950

OS Grid: SJ936989

Mapcode National: GBR FXS3.NN

Mapcode Global: WHB9J.RL9Z

Plus Code: 9C5VFWP2+VW

Entry Name: Ashton Public Library

Listing Date: 15 December 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1067999

English Heritage Legacy ID: 212673

Location: Tameside, OL6

County: Tameside

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter's

Built-Up Area: Ashton-under-Lyne

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Ashton-under-Lyne The Good Shepherd

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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SJ 99 NW (north side)

4/28 Ashton Public
- Library

- II
Library and formerly a school. 1891-3. By John Eaton and
Sons. Ashlar with slate roof. Asymmetrical plan with 2 and
3 storeys steps back to accommodate the site and has a 7-bay
1-storey wing to left. Gothic style. A large tower with
pyramidal roof dominates the design. It has a 3-arched
entrance on columns with naturalistic capitals beneath a
pierced parapet and enriched gable. Second floor mullion and
transom window beneath an arch with carved tympanum has a
pierced balcony. Octagonal stair turret to right has lancet
windows and a conical roof and is balanced at the other
corners by tourelles. Decorative vanes add to the
distinctive skyline. The bays to either side of the tower
have various oriel windows, segmental-headed windows and
blind cusped openings; the left one has a coped gable with
decorative finial. The left wing (originally the school) has
weathered gableted buttresses and segmental-headed windows
beneath arched recesses. Bay 1 terminates the composition
as a gabled projection with an oriel window flanked by
cusped niches. The original interior is virtually complete
retaining mosaic floors, glazed tiles, plasterwork and
glazed doors and screens. The library is housed in a large
room with a gallery on 4 sides supported on enriched cast-
iron columns and with a decorative balustrade.

Listing NGR: SJ9361598950

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