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Latitude: 53.3669 / 53°22'0"N
Longitude: -1.4747 / 1°28'28"W
OS Eastings: 435053
OS Northings: 385688
OS Grid: SK350856
Mapcode National: GBR 9GQ.CV
Mapcode Global: WHDDP.BM0Q
Entry Name: Highfield Library and Adjoining Librarians House
Listing Date: 12 December 1995
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1271315
English Heritage Legacy ID: 455354
Location: Sheffield, S2
Electoral Ward/Division: Nether Edge and Sharrow
Built-Up Area: Sheffield
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Sheffield St Mary, Bramall Lane
Church of England Diocese: Sheffield
SK38NE LONDON ROAD
784-1/6/482 (East side)
Highfield Library and adjoining
Includes: Nos.20 AND 22 ST BARNABAS ROAD.
Public library and adjoining librarian's house, now advice
centre. 1876, with late C20 alterations. By E Mitchell Gibbs.
Brick with ashlar dressings and gabled and hipped slate roofs,
the main roof topped with a truncated square turret.
Italianate style. T-plan.
EXTERIOR: plinth, first floor and sillbands, first floor
impost band, modillion eaves cornice, coped parapet and gables
with finials. 2 storeys; 6 window range. Square 2 storey
central porch with pyramidal roof and finial. 2 round-arched
double windows with roundels in tympanums, and hoodmoulds.
Ashlar doorcase with figure brackets carrying a cornice topped
with a pierced balustrade forming a balcony. Round-arched
recess framing C20 double doors, with inscription on lintel
and quotation from Carlyle in the tympanum. Each return has on
the first floor a round-arched double window with central
shaft and a roundel in the tympanum. Below, a stone mullioned
Beyond, on either side, 2 round-arched double windows with
central shafts, and roundels above. Below, 2 stone mullioned
Left return gable has a canted ashlar oriel window carried on
a massive bracket with segmental arch, with modillion eaves
and hipped roof behind blocking course. Double window with
roundel above, flanked by single lights, also with roundels.
Beyond, on either side, a similar single light with roundel.
All these lights have round heads. Below, a cross casement
with flush mullion, and on either side, a single flat-headed
light with transom.
Beyond, to left, former librarian's house, now advice centre.
2 storeys plus attics; 3 window range. Plinth, first floor
sillband, string course, eaves band, coped gables with
kneelers, single gable stack. Openings have raised stone
surrounds. 3 plain sashes and above, to right, a gable with a
smaller plain sash. Central half-glazed door with overlight,
flanked to left by a plain sash and to right by a canted stone
bay window with 3 plain sashes and hipped roof. To right , a
single storey link with a coped gable and finial. Stone
mullioned cross casement with raised surround under stepped
Right return gable has a square 2 storey bay window with
modillion eaves and hipped roof. Blank front, with a single
round-arched light and roundel in each return. Below, in each
return, a single flat-headed light with transom. In each gable
peak, a 2-light louvred opening with flush mullion.
Rear has 6 wooden framed round-arched windows.
INTERIOR refitted late C20.
The design is almost identical to Upperthorpe Public Library
(qv), also by E Mitchell Gibbs.
Listing NGR: SK3505385688
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