© Mr Charles Madders
DIDSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY, WILMSLOW ROAD (west side)
MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER, GREATER MANCHESTER
Mr Charles Madders
04 July 2002
03 October 1974
Date of last amendment:
03 October 1974
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SJ89SW WILMSLOW ROAD, Didsbury
698-1/8/672 (West side)
03/10/74 Didsbury Public Library
Public library. 1915, by Henry Price (City Architect). Red
brick with dressings of Portland stone, slate roofs.
Triangular plan with 2 wings at an acute angle hinged on an
octagonal drum, the angle between the wings filled by a hall.
Eclectic style with Gothic features. High single storey,
dominated by the drum. This rises to a clerestory and has
coupled corner pilasters, 3-light mullioned windows with
cusped tracery and hoodmoulds, an emphatic sill-band carried
round, a deep stone parapet with an upstand in each side, and
an octahedral roof surmounted by a finial with weathervane.
The front (to the north-east) is enclosed (inter alia) by a
single-storey 3-sided porch in the form of a buttressed arcade
of 2-centred arches, with an embattled parapet and pyramidal
roof, and the parapet carries round angled side-lobbies on
both sides. The wings have mullioned and double-transomed
windows rising into gablets above the parapet; and hipped