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Cosin's Library (University Library)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7747 / 54°46'29"N

Longitude: -1.5765 / 1°34'35"W

OS Eastings: 427343

OS Northings: 542284

OS Grid: NZ273422

Mapcode National: GBR KFF7.H5

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.R7HY

Plus Code: 9C6WQCFF+VC

Entry Name: Cosin's Library (University Library)

Listing Date: 19 October 1962

Last Amended: 10 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1121382

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110407

Also known as: Bishop of Durham's Library
Episcopal Library
Cosin's Library

ID on this website: 101121382

Location: Durham, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

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NZ 2742 SW (West side)

14/351 Cosin's Library
19.10.62 (University Library)
(formerly listed as
CV II* Cousin's Library)

Library. 1667-8 by John Longstaffe for Bishop Cosin who gave it for public
use. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings; roofs of sandstone
flags. 2 storeys, one wide bay. Central door with 3 over 3 elliptical-
headed panels in stone architrave under open and broken segmental scrolled
pediment which contains coat of arms. 3-light stone mullioned-and-transomed
window above has segmental-headed lights. Eaves string; high parapet, altered
in C19 from battlements to conceal heightened roof pitch, has roll-moulded
coping. 2-storey canted porch at right, added mid C19, has door in elliptical-
headed surround. 3 elliptical-headed windows above.

Interior: internal porch has rear screen panelled in same style as
door; inserted gallery on octagonal wood columns, with spiral stair of wood
and iron. Bookcases, with dentilled cornices over frieze painted with
portraits of philosophers and other famous men, alternate with narrow bays,
now filled with shelves, which have swag decoration in segmental pediments
on cornices. Scrolled pediment over internal porch has swag and coat of arms.
1845 stone chimney piece in Tudor style in memory of Bishop Thorpe. Small
room added at rear in 1670 by Longstaffe.

A scheduled ancient monument.

Listing NGR: NZ2734342284

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