College Of St Cuthbert Library With Corridor And Belfry Attached

25 Jun 2004
College Of St Cuthbert Library With Corridor And Belfry Attached, Esh, Derwentside, Durham
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

ESH USHAW NZ 2143 14/26 College of St.

Cuthbert: library with corridor and belfry attached


Library with corridor and belfry attached. 1849-51 by C. and J. Hansom.

Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar plinth and dressings; roofs of graduated Lakeland slate with stone gable copings. Decorated style. L-plan library with corridor set back at left. 2-storey, 10-bay library and one-storey, 5-bay corridor linked by 2-storey, one-bay stair hall. Tudor-Gothic style.

Main block has square-headed 3-light ground-floor windows and paired first- floor windows with low-2-centred heads, all with transoms and tracery; bays defined by tall buttresses with one offset and gablet coping. Left and right gabled returns have 3 buttresses, the central lower, and 2-light ground-floor windows; 5-light west window over buttress with niche and statue; 4-light east window; trefoils in gable peaks; stone cross finials. Rear stair wing has 2-centred-arched windows under dripmoulds; corridor has paired 2-centred-arched windows flanking gabled porch, and rear belfry spire.

Interior: dogleg stair has stone balustrade, with pierced quatrefoils. High- quality glass in gable and stair windows. Library has Gothic bookcases and panelled ceiling on arch-braced bracketed trusses over carved wood frieze.

Some painted glass in corridor windows and some original lattice-leading with coloured glass borders.

Designed to complement the then Pugin chapel at the opposite end of the main college block; now replaced by Church of St. Cuthbert (q.v.).

Listing NGR: NZ2195743723


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0486 IOE Records taken by Bob Cottrell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Bob Cottrell. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Cottrell, Bob

Rights Holder: Cottrell, Bob


Ashlar, Lake District Slate, Sandstone, Victorian Library, Education, Recreational, Art And Education Venue, Bell Tower, Religious Ritual And Funerary