Spring Hill Library

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Spring Hill Library
Spring Hill Library (1).jpg
Spring Hill Library, Ladywood, Birmingham
General information
Type Library
Location Ladywood, Birmingham, England
Coordinates 52°29′6.16″N 1°55′10.14″W / 52.4850444°N 1.9194833°W / 52.4850444; -1.9194833
Completed 7 January 1893
Height 65 feet (20 m)
Design and construction
Architect Frederick Martin, Martin & Chamberlain
Awards and prizes Grade II* listed

Spring Hill Library (grid reference SP055874) is a red brick and terracotta Victorian building in Ladywood, Birmingham, England.

Designed in 1891 by Frederick Martin[1] 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.[2]

Still in use as a Birmingham branch library, is a grade II* listed building.[3][4]

In January 2014, the city council chose Spring Hill as one of four community libraries for future closure as part of its cuts program.[5]


  1. ^ Thornton, Roy (2006). Victorian Buildings of Birmingham. Sutton Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7509-3857-9. 
  2. ^ John Young Walker MacAlister; Alfred William Pollard (1891). The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. Oxford University Press. p. 199. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Spring Hill Pulblic Library  (Grade II*) (1076161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details and photograph (217643)". Images of England. 
  5. ^ "Four Birmingham libraries facing closure because of budget cuts". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 


Coordinates: 52°29′6.16″N 1°55′10.14″W / 52.4850444°N 1.9194833°W / 52.4850444; -1.9194833