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Forest Hill Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Forest Hill, Lewisham

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Latitude: 51.4358 / 51°26'8"N

Longitude: -0.0561 / 0°3'21"W

OS Eastings: 535214

OS Northings: 172550

OS Grid: TQ352725

Mapcode National: GBR JG.8JZ

Mapcode Global: VHGRD.Z56M

Plus Code: 9C3XCWPV+8H

Entry Name: Forest Hill Public Library

Listing Date: 3 November 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1261992

English Heritage Legacy ID: 436183

Location: Forest Hill, Lewisham, London, SE23

County: Lewisham

Electoral Ward/Division: Forest Hill

Built-Up Area: Lewisham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Sydenham Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added:

TQ 3572
30/302 Forest Hill Public


Public Library. 1900 by Alexander Robert Hennell ARIBA. in Arts
and Crafts Classical style. Red brick in Flemish bond with
terracotta dressings and slate roof with terracotta and brick
banded chimney. Administrative accommodation to right, library to
left. Right hand part has projecting gable to right with 12-pane
sash with curved pediment and brackets, and to left an octagonal
cupola with lead roof. Across the whole front of the building is
a deep terracotta frieze of cherubs kneeling on one knee with
floral swags and blank shields. 2 circular windows with keystone
below to corner. Under the gable are, on the first floor, 2 12-
pane sashes with curved heads and to the ground floor a large
Venetian window with Art Nouveau lily motif to glazing. Basement
has Diocletian window with large keystone. Banded terracotta to
ground floor. Left side doorcase with massive terracotta cornice
on brackets and flight of steps with terracotta balustrading. To
left is 1 storey library with good contemporary lettering "PUBLIC
LIBRARY". Front has round-headed window with keystone flanked by
tall windows with original lily motif Art Nouveau glazing.
Terracotta cornice. Side elevation has 6 round-headed windows
with keystone and lily glazing. Roof has hipped skylight with 14
x 2 fixed leaded lights divided by wooden pilasters: single
doorcase. Interior has double doors and round-headed arched
doorcase with lily glazing. The Library has internal pillars and
huge brackets. A series of 6 round-headed arches on each side.

Listing NGR: TQ3521472550

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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