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Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Batley, Kirklees

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Latitude: 53.7138 / 53°42'49"N

Longitude: -1.6343 / 1°38'3"W

OS Eastings: 424234

OS Northings: 424213

OS Grid: SE242242

Mapcode National: GBR KT0H.ZG

Mapcode Global: WHC9Q.VXYB

Entry Name: Public Library

Listing Date: 13 January 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1313699

English Heritage Legacy ID: 340940

Location: Kirklees, WF17

County: Kirklees

Electoral Ward/Division: Batley East

Built-Up Area: Batley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Batley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text


4/35 Public Library


Carnegie Library dated 1906 by Walter Hanstock of Batley. Pitch
faced stone with ashlar dressings. Hipped slate roof. 2 storeys
with basement to right due to sloping site, and distinctive 2-tier
central clock tower. Symmetrical 5-bay facade with bays 1, 3 and
5 surmounted by pediments and with clasping buttresses. The
pediments are flanked by plain parapets and each has richly carved
tympanum, the centre one with oculus and 2 carved dragons. The
square clock tower has round arched louvred lights flanked by Ionic
pilasters,and roundels to 1st tier. Each face of 2nd tier has
clock face with deep moulded archivolt and scroll carving. The
leaded dome is surmounted by a cupola. Central round arched doorway
with segmental archivolt, has paired engaged Ionic columns and richly
carved foliage with 2 shields inscribed: AD 1906. 2 round arched
ground floor windows with alternately blocked voussoirs to each end
bay, and one to bays 2 and 4. lst floor windows of each pedimented
bay are divided by long and short Ionic pilasters, and have sunk
ashlar apron. The central round arched window has panel below with
carved embossed words CARNEGIE LIBRARY. Interior: Half galleried
main hall. Prominent town centre site.

Listing NGR: SE2423424213

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

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