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Carnegie Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Douglas, Wigan

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Latitude: 53.5361 / 53°32'10"N

Longitude: -2.6657 / 2°39'56"W

OS Eastings: 355975

OS Northings: 404593

OS Grid: SD559045

Mapcode National: GBR 9WTK.P3

Mapcode Global: WH97Y.0CWZ

Plus Code: 9C5VG8PM+FP

Entry Name: Carnegie Library

Listing Date: 8 December 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1384504

English Heritage Legacy ID: 484938

Location: Douglas, Wigan, WN5

County: Wigan

Electoral Ward/Division: Douglas

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Wigan

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: St Mark Newtown

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

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24-1/5/133 (North side)
Carnegie Library


Public library. Dated 1907 on commemoration stone to right of
centre; altered. Red brick in English garden wall bond, with
buff terracotta dressings and slate roof. On end-of-island
site, with a plan in the form of a nave with north and south
aisles parallel to the streets on either side, and rectangular
wings attached to the rear corners. Edwardian Baroque style.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and attic, a symmetrical east front of
1:3:1 bays, the centre pedimented and breaking forwards
slightly; with a chamfered plinth, terracotta facing to both
floors of the centre including panelled pilasters, an
egg-and-dart frieze, parapets to the outer bays, and a
pedimented gable to the centre with prominent coping and a
wooden cupola just behind, with a finial. The centre has
Tuscan columns distyle in antis at ground floor, framing a
segmental-headed doorway and large segmental-headed windows,
all these with shouldered and keyed architraves; a panel over
the doorway with a foliated cartouche and flanking panels with
raised lettering "CARNEGIE" "LIBRARY"; Ionic pilasters distyle
in antis at 1st floor framing a tall segmental-head 6-light
double-transomed window which breaks into the gable, flanked
by cross-windows; and an oculus in the gable with an
architrave elaborately enriched with festoons. The outer bays
(which appear to be stair-turrets) have small 2-light windows
at ground floor with open pediments, and oculi at 1st floor
with enriched surrounds. The 3-bay north and south "aisles"
have pilasters and wide segmental-headed windows; the "nave",
with terracotta pilasters and an egg-and-dart cornice, has
3-light mullioned windows.
The wings, 2 lower storeys and 3 windows, symmetrical, each
have a canted bay window at ground floor flanked by 3-light
windows, and a large segmental-headed 6-light window at 1st
floor under an open pediment, flanked by transomed 6-light
windows. Unoccupied at the time of the inspection. INTERIOR
not inspected. Forms a striking feature of the street, facing
down towards the town centre.

Listing NGR: SD5597504593

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