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Knutsford Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Knutsford, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.3022 / 53°18'7"N

Longitude: -2.3697 / 2°22'11"W

OS Eastings: 375457

OS Northings: 378423

OS Grid: SJ754784

Mapcode National: GBR CZW7.RZ

Mapcode Global: WH997.K8S9

Entry Name: Knutsford Library

Listing Date: 12 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1388310

English Heritage Legacy ID: 476316

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire East, WA16

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Knutsford

Built-Up Area: Knutsford

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Knutsford St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


792-1/3/116 (West side)
12/02/99 Knutsford Library


Public Library. 1904, extended late C20, together with minor
alterations. By Alfred Darbyshire, architect, of Manchester,
with funding from the Carnegie Trust.
Red brick, laid to English garden wall bond, with buff
terracotta dresings and detailing. Welsh slate roof covering,
that to the principal range with a shallow mid-span clerestory
light to each pitch.
PLAN: irregular L-plan complex, comprised of 2 main ranges,
with entrance bay infilling the space between.
FRONT ELEVATION: tall wide gable to left with wide oriel
window carried on low, wide advanced pier incorporating 2
small single light windows. 4-light mullioned and transomed
oriel rising from moulded terracotta base and with joggled
flat lintel bearing the inscription 'PUBLIC FREE LIBRARY'.
Wide terracotta bands at oriel base and window transom levels
extend full width of gable, which carries decorative copings
and elaborate apex panel with niche and ball finial.
To the right, low flat roofed entrance range with wide
4-centred arched doorway below elaborately decorated doorhead
incorporating corbelled flanking shafts, ball finials and a
central panel with enrichments and the date 1904. Each side of
the doorway are 3 single light windows set on a continuous
cill mould, and with a lintel band made up of the linked
joggled heads to the openings. Further right, and set back, a
single bay with pyramidal roof.
INTERIOR: principal range serves as adult library, formed of
single space open to the roof. Bay roof structure comprised of
double purlins supported by 2 arch-braced hammer beam roof
trusses with diminutive king posts at collar level, and metal
tie rods linking the hammer beams. Lower rear range forming
children's library is ceiled, with wide cornice band and
2-light mullioned and transomed windows.

Listing NGR: SJ7545678426

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

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