Pontefract Museum / Carnegie Public Library

14 Feb 2003
Pontefract Museum, Salter Row, Pontefract, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF8 1BA
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Carnegie Public Library, Salter Row, Pontefract, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF8 1BA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

PONTEFRACT SALTER ROW SE 4521 NE (north-west side) 8/57 Pontefract Museum (formerly 3.3.75 listed as Carnegie Public Library)


Carnegie public library, now museum. 1904. By Garside and Pennington of Pontefract and Castleford. Red brick in irregular bond with cream terracotta dressings, Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, 1:3:1 bays. The end bays project as wings, with corner pilasters extended up as battered crenellated pylons in terracotta with lotus flowers. From centre range projects a central single-storey gabled porch with a round-arched opening with terracotta voussoirs, keystone and hoodmould. Flanking and above, casement windows. wings have Venetian windows with terracotta surrounds, joggled voussoirs, large keystones and hoodmoulds, with sunburst glazing bars in round-headed central lights and oblique glazing bars in flanking lights, and with egg-and-dart moulding to soffits, and lotus flowers on jambs. The left wing has a single Venetian window, that in right wing is divided horizontally. The left wing is lower, and has in the gable a plaque with a portcullis around which is the inscription 'SIGILLUM COMMUNE BURGENSIUM PONTISFRACTI'. Inside porch, leaved part- glazed round-arched doors. Interior: entrance hall has 'Free Library 1904' and decorative patterns in tessellated floor, dark-green tile architraves and cornice, lighter-green wall tiles with panels of 4 patterned tiles. ,

Listing NGR: SE4553021954


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0248 IOE Records taken by Peter Briggs; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Peter Briggs. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Briggs, Peter

Rights Holder: Briggs, Peter


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