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Roath Branch Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Adamsdown, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4869 / 51°29'12"N

Longitude: -3.1599 / 3°9'35"W

OS Eastings: 319557

OS Northings: 177079

OS Grid: ST195770

Mapcode National: GBR KNJ.DY

Mapcode Global: VH6F7.5WTH

Plus Code: 9C3RFRPR+Q2

Entry Name: Roath Branch Library

Listing Date: 31 July 1997

Last Amended: 31 July 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18642

Building Class: Education

Location: On triangular site between Newport Road and Four Elms Road.

County: Cardiff

Community: Adamsdown

Community: Adamsdown

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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1900-1901, by Teather & Wilson, architects. Extended to E by 2 bays 1936, refurbished 1992/93.


Library. Red brick with bathstone dressings and bands, slate roof. Two storey elevation. Entrance to Newport Road (N) has 7 windows articulated by shallow pilasters. Upper windows 3-light mullion and transom windows glazed with lead cames. On ground floor, central doorway has segmental arch with keystone, similar treatment to windows which have wooden mullions and transoms.
West gable end has Dutch gable with relief (Cardiff arms) at apex, bathstone banding, thermal window below which is broad window with stone architrave with 4 Ionic pilasters, 4-light mullion and transom window to centre, single light windows to outer bays. On ground floor, single-storey extension has 3 segmental-headed windows, broader central window flanked by Ionic pilasters, spandrels and parapet enriched with relief decoration (putti), segmental-headed windows to returns. To rear, attached parallel range with roof-light, and smaller blocks. E gable end has thermal window over 4-light mullion and transom window, smaller windows to sides.


Re-ordered, now open-plan. Upper walls buff brick, lower walls plastered. Arcade of broad round arches on squat Doric columns on plinths. Semi open roof ceiled at collar level.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as good example of building type, and for group value with adjacent listed buildings.

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