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Brighouse Library and Smith Art Gallery

A Grade II Listed Building in Brighouse, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.704 / 53°42'14"N

Longitude: -1.786 / 1°47'9"W

OS Eastings: 414224

OS Northings: 423080

OS Grid: SE142230

Mapcode National: GBR HTZL.4Z

Mapcode Global: WHC9V.J5R9

Plus Code: 9C5WP637+HJ

Entry Name: Brighouse Library and Smith Art Gallery

Listing Date: 2 December 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1183940

English Heritage Legacy ID: 338836

Location: Brighouse, Calderdale, HD6

County: Calderdale

Electoral Ward/Division: Brighouse

Built-Up Area: Brighouse

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Brighouse Saint Martin

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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3/98 Brighouse Library and
Smith Art Gallery

Formerly known as the Rydings. Public library and art gallery, part of which
was originally a house c.1840 for John Brooke (a local corn miller). Dressed
stone slate roof. Classical west front of 3 symmetrical bays. Rusticated
quoins, cornice and blocking course. Doorway has large monolithic jambs,
imposts and semi-circular arched-head with 4 paned fan light, flanked by double
pilasters and protected by porch supported on double columns set upon a plinth,
square on section to the outer, the inner having Corinthian capitals. Full
entablature. To either side are large 8 paned sash windows with lugged
architrave, blocking course and cornice. Over are windows with similar
surrounds but with projecting sills on consoles. Right hand return wall of 7
widely spaced bays A B B A B B A. The outer and middle bays break forward are
quoined and have large triple windows contained in spacious bow window to ground
floor. Balconies of heavy cast iron on them. All other windows of similar
character to west front. Hipped roof. Attached is early C20 extension forming
purpose built art gallery.

Interior: Entrance hall has imposing stair with decorative cast iron
balustrading with central well supported to either side by Tuscan columns with
full entablature, galleried on 3 sides. Overall is domed cupola. 1st floor
reading room preserves remarkable carved oak panelling by native born craftsman
H. P. Jackson (1867 - 1931) furnishings also include canopied settle, carved
armchairs and overmantel. D. Nortcliffe, Buildings of Brighouse, (Brighouse,
1978), p.30. N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding, (1967), p.147.

Listing NGR: SE1422423080

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