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North Library and Attached Gate Piers and Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Finsbury Park, London

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Latitude: 51.5604 / 51°33'37"N

Longitude: -0.1216 / 0°7'17"W

OS Eastings: 530305

OS Northings: 186287

OS Grid: TQ303862

Mapcode National: GBR FP.B0Z

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.V12M

Plus Code: 9C3XHV6H+59

Entry Name: North Library and Attached Gate Piers and Railings

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195679

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369132

Also known as: North Library, Islington

ID on this website: 101195679

Location: Tufnell Park, Islington, London, N7

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Finsbury Park

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mark Tollington Park

Church of England Diocese: London

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635-1/21/615 (South side)
North Library and attached gate
piers and railings


Public library, originally known as North Islington Library.
1905-6. By Henry T.Hare. Red and yellow brick set in English
bond with dressings of Portland stone, and roof of slate.
Three storeys over basement, seven-window range to main front,
with lower porch wing of one-window range to right. Apart from
the porch, the building is symmetrical with pedimented outer
bays. Casement windows throughout with original leaded
glazing. Round-arched entrance to porch consisting of
pilasters and moulded stone archivolt with double keystone,
set in a rectangular architrave with festoons in the
spandrels; cornice with lettered panel to parapet 'PUBLIC
LIBRARY'; the porch is cross-vaulted with a shallow domed apse
to right and two flat-arched architraves with keystones facing
the entrance, one for a door, the other for the foundation
stone; first floor of porch wing set back with flat-arched
window with moulded stone architrave and parapet with stone
coping swept up to main block. This has a base of Portland
stone; outer bays stepped forward twice with rainwater goods
in re-entrant angle; keyed oculus to ground floor; storey
band; flat-arched window to first floor with eared architrave
and plain stone apron; flush stone quoins; modillion cornice
to broken pediment with central cartouche and festoons;
stepped parapet behind pediment. The centre of the building
has, on the ground floor, a sequence of double brick Doric
pilasters with stone courses supporting stone entablature with
pulvinated frieze and dentil cornice; set back between the
pilasters are five flat-arched windows with mullions and
transoms and moulded stone architraves; the windows read as a
continuous screen by comparison with the first floor which has
five small flat-arched windows with eared architraves and
festoons as aprons; the modillion cornice continues to the
eaves; roof of graded slate with five dormers alternating
between segmental and triangular pediments; central lantern
with pediments to all four sides and ogee roof with delicate
finial and weather vane. Stacks to apex of stone-coped gables,
with stone courses and cornice. Rear apsidal elevation of
yellow brick with red brick dressings and shallow buttresses.
Brick gate piers in front of porch with stone caps; area
railings with urn standards and spike finials.
INTERIOR: : entrance hall panelled in fine grey stone,
terrazzo floor, ceiling barrel-vaulted in the centre and
cross-vaulted at either end. Ground-floor front room,
originally the children's library, has a coffered ceiling and
dentil cornice; round-arched arcade, now unmoulded, to rear,
apsidal room, formerly the reading room, which has a
semi-circular arcade of four Doric columns and beams radiating
to the outer walls. Staircase with dado of fine grey stone and
dog-leg stair with stone balustrade to third flight and
landing. First-floor passage with terrazzo floor and
alternately cross- and barrel-vaulted ceiling; former lecture
room to front with segmental vaulted ceiling panelled with
decorative plasterwork; rear apsidal room, now, as originally,
the lending library, with semi-circular arcade of four
Corinthian columns. The elaborate wooden architraves to doors,
some pedimented, with original panelled and glazed doors and
original door furniture, survive generally throughout the
(Amian L.Champneys: Public libraries: London: 1907-: P.130).

Listing NGR: TQ3030586287

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