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Latitude: 52.5622 / 52°33'43"N
Longitude: -0.5115 / 0°30'41"W
OS Eastings: 501000
OS Northings: 297083
OS Grid: TL010970
Mapcode National: GBR FWW.9J7
Mapcode Global: WHGM9.3VQM
Plus Code: 9C4XHF6Q+VC
Entry Name: The Library House
Listing Date: 23 May 1967
Last Amended: 12 October 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1225373
English Heritage Legacy ID: 421718
Location: King's Cliffe, East Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, PE8
District: East Northamptonshire
Civil Parish: King's Cliffe
Built-Up Area: King's Cliffe
Traditional County: Northamptonshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire
Church of England Parish: King's Cliffe All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Peterborough
KINGS CLIFFE BRIDGE STREET
TL0197, TL0197 (North side)
13/94, 13/94 No.25 (The Library House)
23/05/67 (Formerly listed as The
House. Early/mid and late C17. Converted to Schoolhouse 1749 for Elizabeth
Hutcheson's School and adapted to house and library in 1752 for William Law.
Squared coursed limestone with Collyweston slate roof. Originally 2-unit plan. 2
storeys with attic. 3-window range with flanking 3-light ovolo-moulded stone
mullion windows, with hood moulds to ground floor windows. Smaller 2-light
window, to first floor centre, and single-light windows to ground and first
floor, far right. All windows have leaded lights. Central, 6-panel, part-glazed,
door has moulded stone surround. Pair of gabled roof dormers with leaded
casements. Ashlar gable parapets and ashlar end stacks. Inscription immediately
above door, "Books of Piety are lent to any person of this or ye Neighbouring
Towns". Sundial, with pediment, above inscription. Interior not inspected, but
room to left of entrance noted as having bolection-moulded panelling with wooden
cornice. This early C18 panelling was adapted in 1752 to incorporate bookcases
for William Law's library. Room to right of entrance noted as having bolection
moulded cupboard doors. Staircase has wave moulded splat balusters. Roof
structure has cambered collars and clasped purlins. Originally single storey
with cross-wing; the building was raised late C17
(RCHM: An Inventory of Architectural Monuments in North Northamptonshire: p98;
Waller, A.K.: William Law, His Life and Thoughts (1973); Law, W.: Hutcheson, E.
A short account of the two Charitable Foundations at Kings Cliffe (1755))
Listing NGR: TL0100097082
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