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Clifton Library and Attached Front Railings and Gates

A Grade II Listed Building in Clifton, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4546 / 51°27'16"N

Longitude: -2.6196 / 2°37'10"W

OS Eastings: 357041

OS Northings: 173027

OS Grid: ST570730

Mapcode National: GBR C2K.KD

Mapcode Global: VH88M.JPYS

Plus Code: 9C3VF93J+R4

Entry Name: Clifton Library and Attached Front Railings and Gates

Listing Date: 30 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1202457

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380217

Location: Clifton, Bristol, BS8

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Clifton

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Clifton Christ Church with Emmanuel

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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901-1/8/938 (South side)
Clifton Library and attached front
railings and gates


School, now library. Founded 1852. Designed by C Underwood,
rebuilt 1877 by Charles Hansom, additions 1891 by WT Bernard.
Limestone ashlar, roof not visible. U-shaped double-depth
plan. Italianate style.
2 storeys and basement; 11-window range. A symmetrical front
has later narrow projecting wings with clasping pilasters to a
coved cornice and panelled parapet, with an earlier and taller
centre with cornice and parapet, and a central segmental
pediment. sill and impost bands, those to the wings set in a
panel between the pilasters. Semicircular-arched doorways in
the returns have C20 doors. Windows have semicircular moulded
archivolts, 2 small windows to the ground floor of the wings,
and to the returns, and taller single second-floor windows to
the wings. The centre has three 2-window ground-floor arcades,
and smaller 3-window first-floor arcades, with CHRIST CHURCH
SCHOOL inscribed in oval panels between.
INTERIOR: largely rebuilt; stone dogleg stairs with
wrought-iron railings in the right-hand wing, and roof trusses
with chamfered queen posts.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached cast-iron gates and ashlar wall
with fleur-de-lys head railings closes the forecourt between
the wings. HISTORICAL NOTE: one of a small number of pre-Board
schools in Bristol.

Listing NGR: ST5699073007

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