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List Entry Summary

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


List entry Number: 1204061



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


District: City of Bristol

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 30-Dec-1994

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 378936

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ST315871 BEDMINSTER PARADE, Bedminster 901-1/45/368 (West side) Bedminster Library


Library. 1914. By Sir Frank Wills. Brick with limestone dressings and a tiled hipped roof. Open plan with a rear left-hand stair tower. Edwardian Baroque style. 2 storeys; 7-window range. A symmetrical front has heavy clasping pilasters to an entablature with modillion cornice, parapet with a plinth and raised centre with a wreath, articulated by ground-floor brick buttresses beneath first-floor Ionic pilasters. A large doorway has broad panels to a pulvinated frieze and wide, open pediment, pilaster jambs to a low doorway with a scrolled key and double 6-panel doors, an oculus above with an octagonal lantern and a split key, with a cartouche above held by flanking putti. Semicircular-arched ground-floor windows have keys and imposts to 12/12-pane horned sashes; first-floor windows set beneath the entablature have distyle-in-antis Doric columns between the pilasters, with glazing bars. The 3-window left-hand gable has ashlar bands, ground-floor windows as the front with doorways beneath lunettes, first-floor windows as the front, flanking a tall central semicircular-arched window with pilaster jambs and a segmental-arched hood. The 3-stage stair tower has ground-floor windows as the gable, with a double door to the front beneath a deep stone canopy, architraves to first-floor windows, with a triple window in the left return with a segmental pediment to the centre, and plain sill and head bands; heavy scrolled consoles to the plain ashlar eaves, with narrow windows between, and a pyramidal roof. INTERIOR: open ground floor with cornice, quadripartite vaults to left side on plain columns; the tower has an open-well stair with a central lift shaft. HISTORICAL NOTE: the ยป10,000 cost was met by George Wills. (Loxton S: Loxton's Bristol: Bristol: 1992-: 85).

Listing NGR: ST5882871842

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Loxton, SL , Loxtons Bristol, (1992)

National Grid Reference: ST5882871842


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