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Erith Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Erith, London

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Latitude: 51.4814 / 51°28'52"N

Longitude: 0.1778 / 0°10'40"E

OS Eastings: 551322

OS Northings: 178072

OS Grid: TQ513780

Mapcode National: GBR SR.FHC

Mapcode Global: VHHNT.11C6

Plus Code: 9F32F5JH+G4

Entry Name: Erith Library

Listing Date: 7 March 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1255449

English Heritage Legacy ID: 459717

ID on this website: 101255449

Location: Erith, Bexley, London, DA8

County: London

District: Bexley

Electoral Ward/Division: Erith

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bexley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Erith Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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(east side)
959-/7/10004 Erith Library

Public library, 1906 by W Egerton. Red brick with extensive stone enrichment. Slate hipped roof with cupola. Two storeys, central frontispiece with segmental arched door canopy carried on Doric columns; aediculed niche over. Flanked on either side by four-window ranges, each pair of rectangular and keystoned windows to ground floor with a round first-floor window over. Southern return with pedimented doorway and long (four-bay) arcaded flank wall. Cupola in the form of a square temple, surmounted by a bronze sailing ship weathervane.
Interior. Entrance porch with two war memorial plaques. Small reading rooms on front range; main room is single-storey aisled space to rear, with marble columns at its entrance, wooden trussed roof with skylights. Side aisles divided from central bay by triple arcade, lit by lunettes.
Built with monies from the Andrew Carnegie Fund, this library is a good example of the 'Free Renaissance' style of library design.

Listing NGR: TQ5132278072

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 16 August 2017.

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