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Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.2045 / 52°12'16"N

Longitude: 0.1193 / 0°7'9"E

OS Eastings: 544918

OS Northings: 258369

OS Grid: TL449583

Mapcode National: GBR L79.LZM

Mapcode Global: VHHK3.0VXD

Plus Code: 9F426439+QP

Entry Name: Public Library

Listing Date: 18 May 1967

Last Amended: 2 November 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1331932

English Heritage Legacy ID: 47891

Location: Market, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Cambridge

Electoral Ward/Division: Market

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Cambridge

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Cambridge St Edward King and Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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(north side)
Public Library
(formerly listed
as Free Library)
TL 4458 SE 6/713 18.5.67


2. Library and former town hall. 1862 designed by Peck and Stephens with 1884
additions designed by G MacDonell in the Italianate style. Yellow gault brick
with ashlar dressings and hipped slate roofs. 2 storey. Main front, 11 bays with
central single storey ashlar entrance with Ionic columns supporting an entablature,
surmounted by the city coat-of-arms, and inscribed "1884, FREE LIBRARY". Round headed
doorway with double panel doors and fanlight. Eitherside 5 round headed margin light
sashes with moulded ashlar heads and a continuous impost band, above an ashlar cornice.
Upper floor has 10 similar round headed sashes with brick coupled Doric pilasters
between each window, the whole surmounted by an entablature. The junction with
Peas Hill, has a canted corner bay with small flat headed sashes and round windows
over, the upper floor has a loggia with 4 Ionic ashlar columns and a single round
headed doorway. The Peas Hill front, 4 bays, with slightly projecting entrance
bay defined by brick Doric pilasters with a round headed doorway with double panel
doors and fanlight. To the left a single flat headed casement and to the right
2 round headed margin light sashes with moulded heads and continuous impost band.
Above an ashlar cornice. Upper floor has 4 similar round headed sashes, with plain
coupled brick Doric pilasters between except for the window over the doorway which
has lightly projecting Doric pilasters, with 2 inset Ionic ashlar columns. INTERIOR:
The Central Junior Library contains a stone early/mid C16 fireplace from John Vesey's
House (RCHM). Library store retains original decoration including all original
fitted book cases, with iron gallery, for upper access, with elegant iron balustrade
and small iron spiral staircase. The rotunda has 8 tall marble columns arranged
in a hexagon, with 4 extra columns, one at each corner, and pilasters on the walls.
Each column has an ornate Corinthian capital, and ornately decorated sections of
entablature above. The columns support 8 round arches with bracketted keystones.
Above a narrow clerestory, then a shallow circular dome with plaster panels, and
a central glazed cupola. Town hall is 5 bays and 2 storeys, apsidal ended, built
in 1862 by Peck and Stephens. Decorated with broad pilaster strips with blank panels,
those on the upper floor with round heads, projecting entablature divides floors,
upper windows have balustrades over the cills, and similar entablature at impost
level, with plain coved plaster ceiling above. North end has narrow upper gallery
supported on iron columns with central round headed panel containing city coat-of-arms.
South apsidal end has raised stage with stepped and curved seating platforms behind.
Above a canted organ with elaborate wooden casing and exposed pipes.


(North Side)
Public Library
(Formerly listed as
Free Library)
TL 4458 SE 6/713 18.5.67.
1862. By Peck and Stephens, with the rotunda added in 1884 by G MacDonell.
Grey gault brick in an Italianate style. 5 round-headed bays on either
side of a triumphal entry. Doorway flanked by unfluted Ionic half-columns.
Achievement over the door. Sash windows in the arches. The rotunda is
supported inside by marble columns with composite art-nouveau caps. In
the Central Junior Library is a early/mid C16 stone fireplace from John
Veysy's house. (RCHM 86).

Listing NGR: TL4491858368

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