Former Bedford Literary and Scientific Institute and General Library


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
831, Harpur Street, Bedford


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Statutory Address:
831, Harpur Street, Bedford

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Bedford (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TL 04946 49757


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 27/05/2015

TL 0449 1/28 831

HARPUR STREET (East Side), No. 831 (Former Bedford Literary and Scientific Institute and General Library)

(Formerly listed as The Public Library)



1834 by Thomas Elger. Originally the Literary and Scientific Institution. Stucco. 2-storey 3-window centre with giant tetrastyle Greek Doric portico, 1-storey 1-window wings. Interior: fine 2-storey hall, rectangular with apses either end, Doric pilasters, coffered ceiling.

Listing NGR: TL0494649757


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 15 Aug 1999
Reference: IOE01/00515/28
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