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Stafford (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 92414 23243



SJ9223SW EASTGATE STREET 590-1/10/21 (North East side) 16/01/51 William Salt Library


House, now library. 1730-5, with C18 former cottage to left (front wall rebuilt in late C20), and C19 alterations. Early Georgian style. MATERIALS: brick; internally central bay of main building flanked by timber-framed cross walls; tile roof, swept to eaves, with coped gables. PLAN: double-depth. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with attic; 6-window range. Plaster plinth; brick platt bands over both floors; late C19 coved cornice; central bay flanked by timber-framed cross walls. Round-headed entrance to right of centre has doorcase with fluted pilasters, entablature blocks and open pediment; fanlight with radial glazing bars over 6-panel door. Windows have sills, and rubbed brick flat arches over 6/9-pane sashes; two c1860 gabled dormers with small-paned casements. Rear has gabled and bow window with three 12-pane sashes. Addition of 2 storeys has slate roof with brick end stack; round-headed entrance with large window to right have heavy plaster surrounds with triple keys; C20 plank door and casement; 1st floor has 2 windows with 12-pane horned sashes. INTERIOR: open well stair with cut string, column-on-vase balusters and moulded ramped handrail; room to right has C17 panelling with moulded rails and stiles, plaster panels over door and Art Nouveau fireplace; room to left has Adam style fireplace with swags over eared architrave; archway by stair has panelled pilasters and key; rear wing has room with chamfered beam and large fireplace with bressummer; 1st floor has fireplace with eared architrave and coved cornice to room to left; rear room has late C19 fireplace with timber overmantel; other fireplaces are C19; 6-fielded-panel doors, one 2-panel door to attic. HISTORY: the William Salt Library was established in 1872, based on the collection of books, manuscripts, etc, formed by the banker William Salt, d.1863, and moved to present building in 1918. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London: 1974-: 246; Victoria County History of Staffordshire: Greenslade MW: A History of Stafford: London: 1979-: 258).

Listing NGR: SJ9241423243


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Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Stafford, (1979)


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: 17 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/01825/11
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