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Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.1937 / 52°11'37"N

Longitude: -1.7075 / 1°42'27"W

OS Eastings: 420088

OS Northings: 255086

OS Grid: SP200550

Mapcode National: GBR 4LT.F3L

Mapcode Global: VHBY0.C445

Plus Code: 9C4W57VR+FX

Entry Name: Public Library

Listing Date: 9 February 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1280724

English Heritage Legacy ID: 366268

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

Civil Parish: Stratford-upon-Avon

Built-Up Area: Stratford-upon-Avon

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Stratford on Avon Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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604-1/8/103 (North East side)
09/02/72 No.12
Public Library


Town house, now public library. Late C15, restored and
extended 1901-2 by EG Holtom, and incorporating former
Technical School of 1899 by AS Flower. Timber-frame with
plaster infill on rubble base, and brick with ashlar
dressings; tile roofs with brick end and rear stacks.
2 storeys, 3-window range with 2-storey jettied and gabled
wing to left and 2-storey with attic, single-window range to
right. 3-window range has close studding, part to right is C20
and has recessed brick ground floor under jettied 1st floor.
All windows have leaded glazing. Ground floor has 6-light
wooden-mullioned window and ashlar double-chamfered-mullioned
windows of 4 and 3 lights; 1st floor has 3-light and two
4-light wooden-mullioned windows; rear stack and end stack;
foundation stone to right end.
Wing to left has square framing; entrance with C20 doors to
right of 8-light wooden-mullioned window with diagonally set
mullions; 1st floor has 2-light window with flanking single
lights and 3-light window above; arch-braces to tie beam.
Right end has jettied gabled attic, enriched barge-boards and
bressumers; entrance with 4-centred head and overlights,
battened door and strap hinges to left of window of 4 lights
with 4-centred heads; 1st-floor oriel window with, on coving,
1:5:1-light transomed window with side lights; 3-light attic
window has traceried lintel; end stack. Rear has single-storey
roughcast gabled wing and long brick wing to former technical
INTERIOR: ground floor has heavy chamfered beams and flat
joists; fireplace of brick and tile and pot hanger, ex-situ
carved frieze with vine trail. Rear wing with arch-braced
collar trusses. 1st floor has exposed roof trusses: wing has
tie-beam and collar truss with double-chamfered tie, braces
and wall posts, another infilled truss has collar; wind
braces. To right a bay with arch-braced tie beam and 2 collars
with struts; C20 two-bay roof has arch-braced collar truss
with king post and halved collar, double purlins with wind
HISTORICAL NOTE: the building was to be demolished for the
building of a Carnegie library, but a campaign to save it, led
by the novelist Marie Corelli, was successful, the 1st example
of a local conservation campaign.
(Bearman R: Stratford-upon-Avon: A History of its Streets and
Buildings: Nelson: 1988-: 36; Forrest H E: The Old Houses of
Stratford-upon-Avon: London: 1925-: 49-50).

Listing NGR: SP2008855086

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