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Central Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Burnley, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7877 / 53°47'15"N

Longitude: -2.2415 / 2°14'29"W

OS Eastings: 384183

OS Northings: 432407

OS Grid: SD841324

Mapcode National: GBR DSSM.HY

Mapcode Global: WHB83.J2T2

Plus Code: 9C5VQQQ5+39

Entry Name: Central Library

Listing Date: 30 January 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245017

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467176

Location: Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Daneshouse with Stoneyholme

Built-Up Area: Burnley

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Burnley St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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906-1/20/117 (East side)
30/01/92 Central Library


Public library. 1928-30. Designed by George Hartley
(architect) and built by Arthur Race (Borough Engineer). Steel
frame with cladding of sandstone ashlar, hipped roofs of
Cumbrian slate with glass skylights. Modernist classical
style. Rectangular plan round a central well which is occupied
by the main hall at ground floor.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with the appearance of one, raised over a
basement, 1:3:1 bays, symmetrical, the centre projected and
incorporating the porch; with a plinth, plain frieze, moulded
cornice and parapet with 2 sunk bands. The projected centre,
with channelled rustication, an enriched cornice and a
zigguratal 3-stage roof, has a wide flight of steps up to a
set-back centre bay containing a recessed porch which has 2
giant fluted Doric columns and a tall inner doorway with an
overlight, enriched architrave and a cornice on fluted
consoles, and above this an oblong window with an enriched
architrave flanked by fasces, a frieze inscribed "PUBLIC
LIBRARY" and a dentilled cornice with egg-and-dart and
bead-and-roll decoration. Its flanking bays have tall 2-stage
windows to the ground floor and square windows above with
linked architraves and metal-framed glazing with margin panes.
The wide outer bays each have one tall 12-pane window with
similar glazing and an enriched pedimented architrave. The
left and right-hand return walls have 5 matching windows; the
rear has (inter alia) a 2-storey 6-window symmetrical
projection in the centre, with a central doorway,
vertical-rectangular windows at ground floor and square
windows above.
INTERIOR: central hall with glazed barrel-vaulted roof;
staircase with mosaic dado including Vitruvian scrolls.

Listing NGR: SD8418332407

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