Leytonstone Library has been praised for its 'remarkable interiors' by English Heritage

Leytonstone Library

Leytonstone Library

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Leytonstone Library has been awarded Grade II*-listed status after being recognised for its ‘remarkable interiors’.

English Heritage has deemed the building, built in 1934, of ‘national importance’.

Only 5.5 percent of all listed buildings have been given the II* status, which means they are of ‘more than special interest’.

The library, which was built by Leyton Urban District Council, was strategically located in the main shopping area of Leytonstone at a time when it was developing as a burgeoning London suburb.

English Heritage described the building as 'an inter-war suburban branch library of considerable architectural ambition, which illustrates the most progressive library practice of the period'.

The Library now ranks alongside other Grade II*-listed buildings in the borough, such as the William Morris Gallery and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.

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8:57pm Thu 8 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Shame that the council have ruined this building as well as others in the borough by knocking it apart over the years. I eas in there the other day and notice pieces missing out of the risers on the stairs, plus the horrible modern signage both inside and outside. The cheap modern reception desk is awful.

This council is guilty of overseeing the damage and destruction of many historic buildings and look what nearly happened at the William Morris Gallery and the loss of the Granada Cinema, the 30's Lido, Leyton Baths with lovely Art Deco features and period features at the Bakers Arms. Only recently they have sanctioned the painting of Victorian Stock bricks in the parade at the junction near Hoe Street.
Shame that the council have ruined this building as well as others in the borough by knocking it apart over the years. I eas in there the other day and notice pieces missing out of the risers on the stairs, plus the horrible modern signage both inside and outside. The cheap modern reception desk is awful. This council is guilty of overseeing the damage and destruction of many historic buildings and look what nearly happened at the William Morris Gallery and the loss of the Granada Cinema, the 30's Lido, Leyton Baths with lovely Art Deco features and period features at the Bakers Arms. Only recently they have sanctioned the painting of Victorian Stock bricks in the parade at the junction near Hoe Street. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

11:54am Fri 9 May 14

mdj says...

'..considerable architectural ambition..'

How times change. For years the council's only aspiration has - literally - been to meet the average of performance of London councils in a range of categories. This is the guaranteed way to pull the average down, and doesn't it show!

A generation ago a rank outsider for the American Presidential race published a book, as many do, to outline his views.

It was called 'Why Not the Best?'.
He won.
'..considerable architectural ambition..' How times change. For years the council's only aspiration has - literally - been to meet the average of performance of London councils in a range of categories. This is the guaranteed way to pull the average down, and doesn't it show! A generation ago a rank outsider for the American Presidential race published a book, as many do, to outline his views. It was called 'Why Not the Best?'. He won. mdj
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Sun 11 May 14

Ex Pom says...

The Building has changed over the Years, I can remember that downstairs was The Gaslight & Coke Company where you paid your Gas Bill then to the Left was Woolworth' s and Grey's Electrical Store, and to the Right was Freeman Hardy & Willis Shoe Store just past the stairs to the Library but now this is all long gone like the Leytonstone that I knew
The Building has changed over the Years, I can remember that downstairs was The Gaslight & Coke Company where you paid your Gas Bill then to the Left was Woolworth' s and Grey's Electrical Store, and to the Right was Freeman Hardy & Willis Shoe Store just past the stairs to the Library but now this is all long gone like the Leytonstone that I knew Ex Pom
  • Score: -2

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