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Central Library

A Grade II Listed Building in City, Sheffield

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Latitude: 53.3801 / 53°22'48"N

Longitude: -1.4669 / 1°28'0"W

OS Eastings: 435560

OS Northings: 387161

OS Grid: SK355871

Mapcode National: GBR 9JL.13

Mapcode Global: WHDDP.F9QL

Entry Name: Central Library

Listing Date: 16 October 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390682

English Heritage Legacy ID: 491162

Location: Sheffield, S1

County: Sheffield

Electoral Ward/Division: City

Built-Up Area: Sheffield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Sheffield

Church of England Diocese: Sheffield

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Listing Text

SHEFFIELD

784-1/0/10123 SURREY STREET
16-OCT-03 Central Library

GV II

Central Library and municipal Art Gallery. 1934. Designed by W G Davies, the Sheffield City Architect. Steel framed with Portland stone cladding. 2 storey and deep basement. Classical style with rusticated basement, giant order spanning the first and second floors. The third floor art gallery is only visible as a deep blind parapet.
Surrey Street facade has central doorway with a finely carved stone door surround topped with the city's coat-of-arms. The double panelled doors are approached up a flight of 5 stone steps. Eitherside the basement has 3 small windows with fine bronzed grills. The doorway is flanked on the upper floor by 3 windows, and on the floor above by 7 windows, both these floors are articulated by 6 giant Ionic pilasters. The slightly projecting pavillions at either end are plainer with simple window surrounds.
The canted corner to Tudor Square has simillar window surrounds with a balcony at first floor level, above in the parapet is a large carved relief sculpture.
The main Tudor Square facade has a rusticated basement with 4 windows and a small doorway. Above the 7 window facade has slightly projecting single window pavilions at either end. The windows are linked vertically with simple surrounds and linking moulded panels.
INTERIOR retains most its original interiors. The libraries retain their original coffered ceilings, doorcases, doors and many other features including a number of original bookcases. The Foyer and staircase retains all its original features including its marble columns, marble walls, coffered ceilings and light fittings. The galleries on the upper floors retain similar architectural detailing.

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

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