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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: 1384510



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


District: Wigan

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 15-Jun-1988

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Dec-1999

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 484944

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SD5805SW RODNEY STREET 24-1/8/59 (North West side) 15/06/88 Wigan History Shop and Careers Office (Formerly Listed as: RODNEY STREET Wigan Central Library)


Public library, now shop and office. 1877, by Alfred Waterhouse. Red brick in English bond, with dressings of sandstone and patent ceramic, graduated slate roof. T-plan, with entrance, staircase and offices in block facing Rodney Street, library in long rear wing parallel to Library Street. Elizabethan Revival style with some Gothic features. EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with basement and attics. The entrance front has a large 2-centred arched doorway to the left, of pale patent ceramic in Gothic style, with set-in colonnettes, moulded arch and a gable with a roundel containing a relief profile of Dante; above this, a pair of narrow transomed and cusped windows with linked hood-moulds; to the right, a stepped pair of cusped lancet stair windows with hood-moulds, and a 4-light 1st-floor window; and twin gables each with a 3-light mullioned attic window. The facade to Library Street is a symmetrical composition consisting of a 4-bay rear wing set back from the street between the gable of the front range and a balancing projected gable to the right: the former has a chimney-stack extruded from 1st floor level with a carved coat of arms in the base, and triple cylindrical chimneys; the wing has buttresses with offsets, tall 2-light windows at ground floor, 3-light mullioned windows at 1st floor with shouldered lights, a corbel table, a parapet and 3-light dormers with hipped roofs. Basement area protected by wrought-iron railings with dogbars, scrolled panels and triple spikes. INTERIOR: original balconies, shelving, decorative iron and wooden fencing; good staircase with iron balustrade; aisled upper floor with galleries, arch-braced roof trusses. An unusually unaltered municipal library by a well-known architect.

Listing NGR: SD5837005459

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National Grid Reference: SD 58370 05459


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