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Literary and Philosophical Society

A Grade II* Listed Building in Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Latitude: 54.9693 / 54°58'9"N

Longitude: -1.6139 / 1°36'50"W

OS Eastings: 424813

OS Northings: 563925

OS Grid: NZ248639

Mapcode National: GBR SP6.NX

Mapcode Global: WHC3R.5CQ8

Plus Code: 9C6WX99P+PC

Entry Name: Literary and Philosophical Society

Listing Date: 14 June 1954

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1121954

English Heritage Legacy ID: 304943

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1

County: Newcastle upon Tyne

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Newcastle upon Tyne

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Newcastle St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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(south side)
14.6.54 Literary and Philosophical
Private library and society rooms. 1822 by John Green; stone mason John Ions of
Gateshead. Sandstone ashlar; roof not visible. Greek revival style. 3 storeys, 3 bays
under pediment. Moulded plinths; rusticated ground floor with wide square stone steps
to double door recessed behind fluted Ionic columns; Voussoirs to this and to
flanking aproned sashes. First-floor sashes in architraves, with cornices, the central
bracketed; projecting sills to square second-floor sashes; all windows have glazing
bars. Top entablature with triglyphs and guttae. Ends set back and entablature
follows. 1885 addition of rear wing at right-angles obscured by Bolbec Hall (q.v.).
Interior shows much classical stucco ornament on friezes; wrought-iron balconies
and spiral stair to library gallery; low-domed roof lights with glazing bars. Extension
at rear with similar-style interior 1888/9 by A.B. Gibson. Sculpture collection
includes busts of Bewick 1825 by Bailey, of Rev. Turner 1829 by Bailey; of George
Stephenson 1832 by Moore; of Robert Stephenson 1855 by Wyon; and statue of James Losh
1836 by Lough.

Listing NGR: NZ2481363925

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