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Edward Pease Public Library and Darlington Art Gallery

A Grade II Listed Building in Park East, Darlington

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Latitude: 54.5262 / 54°31'34"N

Longitude: -1.5526 / 1°33'9"W

OS Eastings: 429055

OS Northings: 514642

OS Grid: NZ290146

Mapcode National: GBR KJL3.N7

Mapcode Global: WHC5X.3HYG

Plus Code: 9C6WGCGW+FX

Entry Name: Edward Pease Public Library and Darlington Art Gallery

Listing Date: 6 September 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322938

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110595

Location: Park, Darlington, DL1

County: Darlington

Electoral Ward/Division: Park East

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Darlington

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Darlington St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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1. (East Side)
Edward Pease Public Library
and Darlington Art Gallery
NZ 2914 NW 9/249


Exuberant civic building inscribed Edward Pease Free Library 1884. One storey
and attic; 6 bays on East Street, canted angle and 21 bays on Crown Street front,
of which the 6th bay from the right is an entrance. Strong red brick with plentiful
terra-cotta dressings. High pitched roof of graduated Lakeland slates with big,
decorative ridge stacks. Attic windows in gables of an elaborate Dutch renaissance
style, at intervals; some straight and some serpentine open pediments. All windows
have baroque treatment: scrolled side pieces and moulded projecting key blocks
running up through segmental pediments with fan decoration. Brickwork panels below.
Five splayed steps, with cast iron lame holders on side walls, to corner doorway
under pediment holding coats of arms among scrolls. A few wrought iron area railings
remain. Wood cupola with ogee lead dome on ridge above side entrance. Plaque
on west wall refers to a stone with an iron hitching ring set below. This is where
W.T. Stead, the celebrated campaigning journalist, used to tie his horse when he
was editor of the "Northern Echo".

Listing NGR: NZ2905514642

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