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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1297733
English Heritage Legacy ID: 370671
Also known as: Corn Exchange, Saffron Walden
ID on this website: 101297733
TL5338 MARKET PLACE
669-1/1/286 (West side)
27/02/69 Library, former Corn Exchange
(Formerly Listed as:
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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