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Central Museum

A Grade II Listed Building in Victoria, Southend-on-Sea

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Latitude: 51.5422 / 51°32'32"N

Longitude: 0.7107 / 0°42'38"E

OS Eastings: 588068

OS Northings: 186075

OS Grid: TQ880860

Mapcode National: GBR Y93.83

Mapcode Global: VHKHM.8HKL

Entry Name: Central Museum

Listing Date: 19 March 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322354

English Heritage Legacy ID: 122935

Location: Southend-on-Sea, SS2

County: Southend-on-Sea

Electoral Ward/Division: Victoria

Built-Up Area: Southend-on-Sea

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Prittlewell St Mary Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 22/11/2012

TQ 88 NE 2/76

Central Museum

(Formerly listed as The Public Library)


Former public library, built in 1905 to the design of H T Hare. Andrew Carnegie contributed £8,000 towards the cost. A red brick building with stone dressings and a stone plinth. 2 storeys. The west front has gabled wings at the north and south ends. The centre part has stone Ionic pilasters. 1:3:1 window range. The upper storey of the centre part is of panelled stone and the centre mullion to each of the windows is in the form of a moulded baluster. There are stone swags under each window cill. The windows in the wings are 3-light with Roman Doric engaged columns and segmental open pediments on the 1st storey and pilasters on the ground storey. A central doorway has Roman Doric engaged columns and an open segmental pediment. The south front has 2 slightly projected bays, of similar design to the wings on the west front and 3 window range in the centre. A central porch projects on the ground storey, with an open segmental pediment and pilasters. Roof slate, with a stone modillion eaves cornice and a central glazed cupola on the west front.

Listing NGR: TQ8806886075

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

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