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Latitude: 51.4441 / 51°26'38"N
Longitude: -2.5938 / 2°35'37"W
OS Eastings: 358828
OS Northings: 171842
OS Grid: ST588718
Mapcode National: GBR C8P.B5
Mapcode Global: VH88N.0Y3V
Plus Code: 9C3VCCV4+JF
Entry Name: Bedminster Library
Listing Date: 30 December 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1204061
English Heritage Legacy ID: 378936
Location: Southville, Bristol, BS3
Electoral Ward/Division: Southville
Built-Up Area: Bristol
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol
Church of England Parish: St Mary Redcliffe with Temple, Bristol and St John the Baptist, Bedminster
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
ST315871 BEDMINSTER PARADE, Bedminster
901-1/45/368 (West side)
Library. 1914. By Sir Frank Wills. Brick with limestone
dressings and a tiled hipped roof.
Open plan with a rear left-hand stair tower. Edwardian Baroque
style. 2 storeys; 7-window range.
A symmetrical front has heavy clasping pilasters to an
entablature with modillion cornice, parapet with a plinth and
raised centre with a wreath, articulated by ground-floor brick
buttresses beneath first-floor Ionic pilasters. A large
doorway has broad panels to a pulvinated frieze and wide, open
pediment, pilaster jambs to a low doorway with a scrolled key
and double 6-panel doors, an oculus above with an octagonal
lantern and a split key, with a cartouche above held by
flanking putti. Semicircular-arched ground-floor windows have
keys and imposts to 12/12-pane horned sashes; first-floor
windows set beneath the entablature have distyle-in-antis
Doric columns between the pilasters, with glazing bars. The
3-window left-hand gable has ashlar bands, ground-floor
windows as the front with doorways beneath lunettes,
first-floor windows as the front, flanking a tall central
semicircular-arched window with pilaster jambs and a
The 3-stage stair tower has ground-floor windows as the gable,
with a double door to the front beneath a deep stone canopy,
architraves to first-floor windows, with a triple window in
the left return with a segmental pediment to the centre, and
plain sill and head bands; heavy scrolled consoles to the
plain ashlar eaves, with narrow windows between, and a
INTERIOR: open ground floor with cornice, quadripartite vaults
to left side on plain columns; the tower has an open-well
stair with a central lift shaft.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the »10,000 cost was met by George Wills.
(Loxton S: Loxton's Bristol: Bristol: 1992-: 85).
Listing NGR: ST5882871842
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