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© Mr Brendan Oxlade LRPS

IoE Number: 359740
Photographer: Mr Brendan Oxlade LRPS
Date Photographed: 03 June 2001
Date listed: 28 June 1952
Date of last amendment: 28 June 1952
Grade II*

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SJ3490 NEWILLIAM BROWNSTREETL149/1357Picton Reading

SJ3490 NE WILLIAM BROWN STREET L1 49/1357 Picton Reading Room and Hornby 28.6.52 Library. G.V. II* Reading Room and Library. 1875-9 by Cornelius Sherlock. Hornby Library by Shelmerdine, 1906. Stone. Semi-circular front with rusticated wall surface with small niches and statues. Entrance with architraves, consoles and cornice. The whole raised on a base, and surrounded by a peristyle of fluted Corinthian columns with enriched frieze, cornice and balustrade. Domed rotunda roof. Double stair and balustraded wall enclosing courtyard with iron lampstands. Interior of reading room has walls lined with shelves, with 2 galleries and projecting bookcases. Iron spiral stairs railings and light fittings. Central wooden desk with lamp. Coffered saucer dome with top light. Hornby library: Main hall of 5 bays with Ionic colonnades. Balustraded balcony, swept round, ends on Doric columns, with cross arches. Entablature projects over colonnade with Diocletian windows above. In corridor outside, bronze plaque commemorating opening. The reading room is named after Sir James Allanson Picton, first chairman of the Liverpool Libraries Committee.

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