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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: 1302878



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


District: Reading

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 14-Dec-1978

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 39111

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OXFORD ROAD 1. 5128 (North Side) West Branch Library SU 67 SE 16/543 II 2. 1907 designed by F W Albury. A good example in "Wren-naissance" style. 1 1/2 storeys. Red brick with ashlar dressings, moulded plinth, modillion cornice and cope to parapet. 3 bays each side or fabled porch break with paired glazing bar casement windows flanked by paired pilasters. Hipped tiled roof with 2 tripartite segmental dormers behind parapet. Wooden cupola with Doric peristyle and lead dome. Segmental headed entrance with concave surround. Gable over has 3 busts - Milton, Shakespeare and (possibly) Darwin. Stone commemorative tablets on each side laid by Edward Jackson (mayor) and Dr Jameson Hurry (local antiquary) 16.x.1907. Lobby has marble commemorative plaques naming architect, donor Andrew Carnegie, G W Palmer (who opened it) and builders (T H Kingerlee and Sons). Interior: top lit central hall with stained glass (The Abbey, Reading and University badges). 3 rooms, side rooms have plaster barrel vault, and modillion cornice and dormers in ceiling. Glazed screen fronts desk to north room.

Listing NGR: SU6961873673

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National Grid Reference: SU 69618 73673


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