SJ4912 : Grade I listed Castle Gates Library, Shrewsbury

taken 4 years ago, near to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Great Britain

Grade I listed Castle Gates Library, Shrewsbury
Grade I listed Castle Gates Library, Shrewsbury
A plaque LinkExternal link records that the library was founded by Edward VI in 1552. Shrewsbury School occupied this site until 1882. The stone buildings were built 1594-1630. Sir Philip Sidney, Judge Jeffreys and Charles Darwin were educated here. There is a statue LinkExternal link of a seated Charles Darwin in the middle of the view.
Reopened as a library in 1983 after a complete renovation.
Grade I listing, the highest category, was awarded in 1953.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

…read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link
Grade I & A listed buildings and structures
Grade I listed buildings and structures are of exceptional importance and even internationally important. There are over 6000 in the country. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I listed.
In Scotland the classification is A
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 October, 2013   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 19 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4937 1280 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:42.6289N 2:45.0508W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4937 1277
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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