North Shields Mechanics Institute and Free Library - List Entry

  • Description

    "This mechanics institute of 1857-8 by John Johnstone, with possible later alterations by John Dobson is designated for the following principal reasons: * Architectural: it has a strong and coherent composition in a reassuring traditional design, which remains largely unaltered * Interior: despite some losses to the ground floor, the building largely retains its original layout and the first floor library retains its original form and decorative scheme * Historical: the building demonstrates the mid-C19 educational and cultural aspirations of North Shields, and in 1870 it became the first Free Library on Tyneside. * Architect: by the accomplished regional architect John Johnstone, a highly regarded architect with a number of large and significant listed buildings to his name in north east England...."
  • Owner

    Historic England
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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