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Central Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Rawtenstall, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7007 / 53°42'2"N

Longitude: -2.2886 / 2°17'18"W

OS Eastings: 381044

OS Northings: 422733

OS Grid: SD810227

Mapcode National: GBR DTGN.B4

Mapcode Global: WH97B.T7DT

Plus Code: 9C5VPP26+7H

Entry Name: Central Library

Listing Date: 7 June 1971

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1317906

English Heritage Legacy ID: 185806

Location: Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Longholme

Built-Up Area: Rawtenstall

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Rawtenstall St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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14/227 Central Library

Public Library, 1906, by Crouch, Butler & Savage of Birmingham (Pevsner). Red
brick with rock-faced sandstone facade, steeply-pitched slate roofs with ridge
ventilators. L-shaped plan on corner site: 2 wings built at reflex angle,
hinged on a drum with a lantern, with a segmental reading hall in the angle to
the rear. Two storeys with single-storey reading hall. Classical style with
some baroque detail: principally the entrance front at the centre of the
3/4-cylindrical corner facade, which has a one-bay 2-storey ashlar facing
incorporating a porch of free Ionic columns distyle in antis, frieze lettered
PUBLIC LIBRARY, dentilled cornice; at 1st floor a sashed window with
architrave and iron mock-balcony in a segmental-headed panel flanked by
ornamemted panelled pilasters, the whole under a prominent dentilled cornice
arched over the centre; and set back, a balustraded drum carrying an octagonal
lantern with domed roof and finial. Each side of the entrance bay are 3
sashed windows on each floor, all with glazing bars, (the upper with smaller
6-pane upper leaf). Receding wings have round-headed windows at ground floor
rectangular at 1st floor. Rear: red brick, the reading hall with very tall
windows, wings with coupled windows at 1st floor, and drum with 3 tall
stairlights. Lantern has rectangular windows. Interior: ground floor is one
vessel with Ionic colonnades (foliated bands to the columns, and foliated
beams in the wings); Art Nouveau balustrade to staircase in drum.

Listing NGR: SD8104422733

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