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Public Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6105 / 51°36'37"N

Longitude: -3.4039 / 3°24'14"W

OS Eastings: 302880

OS Northings: 191115

OS Grid: ST028911

Mapcode National: GBR HM.9QJB

Mapcode Global: VH6DH.YSB9

Entry Name: Public Library

Listing Date: 1 August 1996

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17118

Building Class: Civil

Location: Situated in the S part of town centre, just W of railway and river bridges.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Porth

Community: Porth (Y Porth)

Community: Porth

Built-Up Area: Porth

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Former shops c1912, donated to town as a library in 1949 in memory of William Evans of Thomas and Evans, former major shopkeepers and suppliers of Porth, further reburbished by Borough Council 1980s.

Exterior

Of red brick in mainly Flemish bond and terracotta with Welsh slate roof rendered to side. A double gable and frontage comprising on first floor a pair of Venetian windows with moulded terracotta surrounds incorporating a keystone and moulded sill with replaced glazing and between them a small moulded blind window; above are 2 stepped gables with heavy moulded corniced finials surmounted by orbs and narrow louvred lights in each apex; ground floor has 4 terracotta caryatids on moulded pilasters and brackets and supporting large consoles, 2 at each end and 2 either side of main central entrance which has a moulded black marble surround; replaced fascia, glazing and brick lower front courses. To right a flat roofed wing comprising a pair of segmental arched doorways with moulded terracotta surrounds and cornice above, 1 ground floor and 2 upper floor windows with terracotta surrounds incorporating dripmould and keystone; replaced doors and glazing. Interior recently refurbished.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for the special interest of the terracotta detail to the main frontage.

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