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West Branch Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Reading, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4578 / 51°27'27"N

Longitude: -0.9994 / 0°59'57"W

OS Eastings: 469618

OS Northings: 173673

OS Grid: SU696736

Mapcode National: GBR QDD.NW

Mapcode Global: VHDWS.MMJB

Plus Code: 9C3XF252+47

Entry Name: West Branch Library

Listing Date: 14 December 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1302878

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39111

Location: Reading, RG30

County: Reading

Electoral Ward/Division: Battle

Built-Up Area: Reading

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: St Mark and All Saints, Reading

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

(North Side)
West Branch Library
SU 67 SE 16/543
1907 designed by F W Albury. A good example in "Wren-naissance" style. 1 1/2
storeys. Red brick with ashlar dressings, moulded plinth, modillion cornice
and cope to parapet. 3 bays each side or fabled porch break with paired glazing
bar casement windows flanked by paired pilasters. Hipped tiled roof with 2
tripartite segmental dormers behind parapet. Wooden cupola with Doric peristyle
and lead dome. Segmental headed entrance with concave surround. Gable over
has 3 busts - Milton, Shakespeare and (possibly) Darwin. Stone commemorative
tablets on each side laid by Edward Jackson (mayor) and Dr Jameson Hurry (local
antiquary) 16.x.1907. Lobby has marble commemorative plaques naming architect,
donor Andrew Carnegie, G W Palmer (who opened it) and builders (T H Kingerlee
and Sons). Interior: top lit central hall with stained glass (The Abbey,
Reading and University badges). 3 rooms, side rooms have plaster barrel vault,
and modillion cornice and dormers in ceiling. Glazed screen fronts desk to
north room.

Listing NGR: SU6961873673

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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