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West Branch Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Battle, 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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SU 67 SE

Oxford Road (north side)
West Branch Library


1907 designed by F.W. Albury. A good example in "Wren-naissance" style. One 1/2 storeys. Red brick with Bath stone ashlar dressings, moulded plinth, modillion cornice and cope to parapet. Three bays each side or fabled porch break with paired glazing bar casement windows flanked by paired pilasters. Hipped tiled roof with two tripartite segmental dormers behind parapet. Wooden cupola with Doric peristyle and lead dome. Segmental headed entrance with concave surround. Gable over has three 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). Three rooms, side rooms have plaster barrel vault, and modillion cornice and dormers in ceiling. Glazed screen fronts desk to north room.

Listing NGR: SU6961873673

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