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Latitude: 53.7467 / 53°44'48"N
Longitude: -0.343 / 0°20'34"W
OS Eastings: 509368
OS Northings: 429089
OS Grid: TA093290
Mapcode National: GBR GMN.59
Mapcode Global: WHGFR.P3V1
Entry Name: Central Public Library
Listing Date: 21 January 1994
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1207486
English Heritage Legacy ID: 387420
Location: Kingston upon Hull, HU1
County: City of Kingston upon Hull
Electoral Ward/Division: Myton
Built-Up Area: Kingston upon Hull
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Sculcoates All Saints
Church of England Diocese: York
KINGSTON UPON HULL
TA0929SW ALBION STREET
680-1/17/16 (North side)
Central Public Library
Public library. 1900, with additions 1930 and c1960. By JS
Gibson. Ashlar and brick, with ashlar dressings and plain tile
roof with single coped side wall and gable stacks.
Early C18 style. Plinth, string courses, modillion eaves
cornice, coped gable.
2 storeys; 5-window range. Projecting gabled ashlar centre has
a round-arched 9-light cross mullioned window set in a recess
with wrought-iron balustrade. On either side, double Ionic
angle pilasters with shall niches between them. Above, a shell
niche with moulded surround, containing a female figure. On
the ground floor, steps to a splayed entrance with 2 Ionic
piers in antis, and an entablature with a sculpted coat of
arms with supporters in the frieze. On either side,
segment-headed shouldered recess. Half-glazed double door.
Beyond, on either side, two 24-pane sashes with projecting
surrounds and corniced keystones, with semicircular stone
balconies on brackets and wrought-iron railings. Below, on
either side, 2 round-headed recesses containing paired 12-pane
sashes. Beyond, to right, an octagonal corner tower, 3 stages,
topped with an octagonal dome. Lower stage has 2
segment-headed recesses with 10-pane sashes, and middle stage
has 2 shouldered segment-headed 18-pane sashes with moulded
surrounds, corbelled sills, keystones and cornices. Upper
stage has 4 segmental pedimented openings with linked cornices
and detached columns on corbels.
Rear addition, to Baker Street, 1930, has ashlar ground floor,
brick first floor and pantile mansard roof. 2 storeys plus
attics; 4-window range. Beyond, on either side, a
single-storey wing with a round-arched window and scroll
INTERIOR has an original first-floor reading room with plaster
barrel vault and central saucer dome. Central double doors
with stained-glass panels. In the centre, original fitted
bookcases and cupboards. At each end, original metal
bookstacks on 2 levels, linked by an arched bridge spanning
the central bay.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Yorkshire: York and The East
Riding: Harmondsworth: 1972-: 273).
Listing NGR: TA0936829089
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