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Library, Former Corn Exchange

A Grade II Listed Building in Saffron Walden, Essex

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Latitude: 52.0237 / 52°1'25"N

Longitude: 0.2408 / 0°14'26"E

OS Eastings: 553842

OS Northings: 238515

OS Grid: TL538385

Mapcode National: GBR MC3.1QF

Mapcode Global: VHHL4.4D5G

Plus Code: 9F4226FR+F8

Entry Name: Library, Former Corn Exchange

Listing Date: 27 February 1969

Last Amended: 31 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1297733

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370671

Also known as: Corn Exchange, Saffron Walden

ID on this website: 101297733

Location: Saffron Walden, Uttlesford, Essex, CB10

County: Essex

District: Uttlesford

Civil Parish: Saffron Walden

Built-Up Area: Saffron Walden

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

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669-1/1/286 (West side)
27/02/69 Library, former Corn Exchange
(Formerly Listed as:
Corn Exchange)


Corn exchange now public library. c1847, rebuilt internally in
C20 as library. Said to be by R Tress. Rendered brickwork with
banded ashlar lining, slate roof now of broad mansard form
behind original balustraded parapet. Classical style.
Rectangular plan. Single storey. E front elevation: central
elaborate portico with symmetrical bay each side as a panel
closed by paired pilasters and a side doorway with open
pediment, consoles and acroteria, semicircular overlight,
doors have 2 lower fielded panels and one upper, now glazed.
Central portico comprises a round headed doorway with paired
columns set forward each side with entablature similarly
breaking forward and decorated with paired wreaths. Parapet
over has paired acroteria. Clock tower rises above on plinth
with volute scrolled diagonal buttresses with acroteria
clasping a louvred, triple-arcaded opening, each round arch
head decorated with a scallop shell. Above, clock face with
diagonal consoles, and surmounting, reeded cylindrical stage
having cornice, dome and weather-vane. The doorway has a
cast-iron cresting set within the arched head, central scrolls
with lyre shape. S end of elevation curved round with arched
rustication to S elevation to King Street: 9 bays with
dividing pilasters, each decorated by a panel and linked
cornucopia on the frieze, tall window to each bay with raised
architrave having fleur-de-lys cresting. C20 roof has 5 ramped
dormer lights with all round glazing.
INTERIOR rebuilt with only C20 work now visible.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Ratcliffe E: Essex:
London: 1965-: 334).

Listing NGR: TL5384238515

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