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Latitude: 52.7105 / 52°42'37"N
Longitude: -2.7509 / 2°45'3"W
OS Eastings: 349365
OS Northings: 312800
OS Grid: SJ493128
Mapcode National: GBR BJ.29FT
Mapcode Global: WH8BT.Q47D
Entry Name: Library
Listing Date: 10 January 1953
Last Amended: 17 November 1995
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1271288
English Heritage Legacy ID: 455418
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1
Civil Parish: Shrewsbury
Built-Up Area: Shrewsbury
Traditional County: Shropshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire
Church of England Parish: Shrewsbury St Chad
Church of England Diocese: Lichfield
SJ4912NW CASTLE GATES
653-1/11/153 (West side)
(Formerly Listed as:
Museum and Library)
Library, formerly Shrewsbury Grammar School. 2 phases, one
dated 1595, the other dated 1630. Coursed and squared rubble,
with roof not visible behind parapet.
PLAN: main entrance range, with tower at angle, and gabled
cross range beyond to right.
EXTERIOR: entrance block of 1630, 3 storeys, 5-window range
with central shallow segmental archway with fluted Corinthian
columns on high bases. 2 male figures stand on the columns,
with inscriptions in Greek beneath and between them, and the
date. Four 2-light chamfered mullioned windows each side to
ground floor, 4-light mullioned and transomed windows over,
and on top storey, 2- and 3-light mullioned windows, one cut
by carved Royal Arms with lion and unicorn. String courses are
Greek motifs, each different. Parapet which sweeps up into
fleur-de-lys finials. Decorated window in gable end, lighting
principal room within. Massive sundials etched onto stonework
on each facade.
Tower to the right, 6 unequal stages, with blocked door to
ground floor, then mullioned windows of 2 and 3 lights, one to
each stage, lighting stair within. Clock in upper stage.
Embattled parapet with pinnacles.
Earlier gabled range to left dated 1595. Principal room at
first-floor level, with wide Decorated-style window. Smaller
mullioned and transomed window to lower storey, and date stone
with inscription recording David Lloyd and Thomas Lewis.
Chamfered segmentally-arched doorway and narrow window in the
INTERIOR: cambered trusses. In the earlier block, the main
hall has been extensively modified, and the ceiling, with
moulded tie beams and traceried decoration, is a C19
Listing NGR: SJ4937012803
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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