Spring Hill Library
|Spring Hill Library|
Spring Hill Library, Ladywood, Birmingham
|Location||Ladywood, Birmingham, England|
|Completed||7 January 1893|
|Height||65 feet (20 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Frederick Martin, Martin & Chamberlain|
|Awards and prizes||Grade II* listed|
Designed in 1891 by Frederick Martin of Martin & Chamberlain with a 65-foot (20 m) clock tower on the corner of Icknield Street and Spring Hill and opened on 7 January 1893, it now stands next to a roundabout and linked via a glazed atrium to a new (2010) Tesco superstore. The site was previously the location for the turnpike gate house for Icknield Street.
In January 2014, the city council chose Spring Hill as one of four community libraries for future closure as part of its cuts program.
The ceiling, with curved iron girders concealed (unusual for Martin & Chamberlain)
- Thornton, Roy (2006). Victorian Buildings of Birmingham. Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7509-3857-9.
- John Young Walker MacAlister; Alfred William Pollard (1891). The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. Oxford University Press. p. 199.
- Historic England. "Spring Hill Public Library (Grade II*) (1076161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- Historic England. "Details and photograph (1076161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 October 2006.
- "Four Birmingham libraries facing closure because of budget cuts". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
- Birmingham Libraries – History of Spring Hill Library
- Spring Hill Architecture – article by Joe Holyoak 1974
- Pictures of Spring Hill Library in context with neighbouring buildings: Search for "Spring Hill Library" from Birmingham Images
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