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Library, Museum and Art Gallery and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9014 / 51°54'4"N

Longitude: -2.078 / 2°4'40"W

OS Eastings: 394727

OS Northings: 222541

OS Grid: SO947225

Mapcode National: GBR 2M4.PG4

Mapcode Global: VH947.XGSR

Plus Code: 9C3VWW2C+HQ

Entry Name: Library, Museum and Art Gallery and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 14 December 1983

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386870

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474282

Location: Lansdown, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

County: Gloucestershire

Electoral Ward/Division: Lansdown

Built-Up Area: Cheltenham

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Cheltenham, St Mary with St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Listing Text


Library, Museum and Art Gallery and attached railings


Library, museum and art gallery with attached railings. Begun 1888-89. Architects: WH Knight and Chatters. Ashlar over brick with tile roof. Mixed Renaissance styles.

EXTERIOR: Two storeys on high plinth. Front subdivided, by pilasters, corner piers to central break, into 3:3:3:1:1 bays. Three stage tower to right with pepperpot corner finials and ogee cap. Central set back gable with statue of Shakespeare. Continuous stone balustrade at parapet with central memorial cartouche. Mullion and transom windows, those on first floor with arched transom lights and pedimented cornices. Centre piece has keyed segmental arch above stepped windows with Venetian tracery and engaged Ionic portico in antis below with arched door and flanking windows. Extra two-window, single-storey bay to right of tower. Entrance to Art Gallery in tower.

INTERIOR: retains original joinery and plasterwork including panelled doors and dogleg staircase with carved newels and shaped balusters. Library entrance hall at left has arched openings on moulded imposts.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: return to St George's Place has area railings with elongated pyramidal caps and taller stanchions, fluted bars. The modern extension to the south-east is not of special architectural or historic interest.

HISTORICAL NOTE: In 1899 Baron de Ferrieres donated to the town his collection of Old Master paintings and £1,500 towards an art gallery in which to display them. Originally the buildings served as both a free library and the schools of Art and Science, which upper rooms were, by 1907, occupied by the Museum.
Occupies a good corner site, forming part of a distinguished group of Victorian buildings (within the Regency new town) which include Church of St Matthew, Clarence Street (qv), and Electricity House (qv) and Shaftesbury Hall (qv), St George's Place.

Listing NGR: SO9474522536

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

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