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Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Lancaster, Lancashire

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Latitude: 54.0491 / 54°2'56"N

Longitude: -2.8016 / 2°48'5"W

OS Eastings: 347613

OS Northings: 461753

OS Grid: SD476617

Mapcode National: GBR 8PWM.88

Mapcode Global: WH846.YH28

Entry Name: Public Library

Listing Date: 13 March 1995

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1194972

English Heritage Legacy ID: 383210

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

County: Lancashire

District: Lancaster

Town: Lancaster

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Lancaster

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Lancaster St Mary with St John and St Anne

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


1685-1/7/177 (North side)
Public Library


Public library. 1932. Built for the Borough of Lancaster in
the Neo-Georgian style. Sandstone ashlar, with channelled
rustication to the ground floor and entrance bay, and a slate
roof. Deep rectangular plan which links at the rear with the
Children's Library on New Street (qv).
2 storeys and 3 main bays with a moulded band between the
storeys, a first-floor sill band, and a cornice with blocking
course. The entrance bay, towards the left, projects slightly;
to its left is a small window on the ground floor, with blank
walling above. The doorway has a flat arch with a triple
keystone, above which is a panel carved with the words 'PUBLIC
LIBRARY' in raised lettering and flanked by fasces; it is
placed under an open segmental pediment carried on engaged
Tuscan columns. Above is a window with moulded architrave and
a cornice. Below the main cornice is the date '1932'; the
blocking course rises into a tall panelled die which is
decorated with an urn.
To the right of the entrance there are 2 windows on each
storey: those on the ground floor have round heads and are
slightly recessed under round-headed arches with decorated
keystones; those on the first floor are like that above the
doorway. The right-hand end of the facade is recessed slightly
and contains on the ground floor a service doorway under a
flat arch with a panelled keystone.
INTERIOR: the main library hall (behind the front block) is a
single-storey space with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and

Listing NGR: SD4761361753

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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