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Latitude: 54.9647 / 54°57'52"N
Longitude: -1.603 / 1°36'10"W
OS Eastings: 425513
OS Northings: 563409
OS Grid: NZ255634
Mapcode National: GBR SQS.CZ
Mapcode Global: WHC3R.BGWV
Entry Name: Borough Engineering Services Department (II)
Listing Date: 13 January 1983
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1249017
English Heritage Legacy ID: 430252
Location: Gateshead, NE8
Electoral Ward/Division: Bridges
Built-Up Area: Gateshead
Traditional County: Durham
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear
Church of England Parish: Gateshead Team Ministry
Church of England Diocese: Durham
1. SWINBURNE STREET
Services Department (II)
NZ 2563 5/113
The former Public Library. 1885 by John Johnstone. Ashlar in an extravagant neo-
baroque style. Welsh slate roof. Two storeys and attic, five bays, the central
bay projecting under a shaped, pedimented gable with round-arched attic windows.
Flanking broken serpentine pediments have round windows, urn finials and carved
swags. Urns rest on parapet at ends and between gables. Heavy entablatures to
both floors, resting on end pilasters and (on first floor) paired pilasters between
windows. Carved friezes. Flat arched first floor windows, the central tripartite
and breaking the pediment of the entrance, which rests on two heavy carved brackets.
Ground floor openings round arched with archivolts, key stones with masks and
impost string; nook shafts to door. Ground floor rusticated with sunk apron panels.
Included partly for group interest with the remaining municipal buildings on
Swinburne Street-West Street.
Listing NGR: NZ2551363409
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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