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Old Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhosddu, Wrexham

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Latitude: 53.047 / 53°2'49"N

Longitude: -2.9936 / 2°59'36"W

OS Eastings: 333489

OS Northings: 350434

OS Grid: SJ334504

Mapcode National: GBR 75.D5B7

Mapcode Global: WH88Y.ZNNY

Entry Name: Old Library

Listing Date: 23 December 1975

Last Amended: 31 January 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1852

Building Class: Recreational

Location: Facing down Queen Street and closing the view from Hope Street.

County: Wrexham

Community: Rhosddu (Rhos-ddu)

Community: Rhosddu

Built-Up Area: Wrexham

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Built as a library and lecture hall in 1907 with funding from the Carnegie Trust to designs of Vernon Hodge, and enlarged in 1951. Council offices since 1973.


Flemish bond brickwork with ashlar lower storey and dressings and graded slate roof. 2 storeys, the main block is a symetrical 5-window range in baroque style. Central bay stressed by pilasters to segmental open pediment, with coat of arms. Central entrance recessed in segmental archway with heavy keystone beneath steep pediment carried on heavy brackets. Iron gates enclose the porch. Arched lower storey, with segmentally arched tripartite small-paned windows with keystones to continuous hood moulds. Fenestration of upper storey forms a continuous band of 3-light mullioned windows, divided by wider panelled pilasters. Angle pilasters, and those articulating central bay have high relief cartouches beneath heavy modillion cornice which continues across the central pediment. The roof is surmounted by a small square-section cupola. Rear range has 6 sash windows, grouped in pairs. Later cross wing beyond.

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