Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Location: London Road, Highfield, Sheffield. Illustration from 'Illustrated Guide to Sheffield', Pawson & Brailsford, 1879. Description: Above the entrance to the library is a stone porch and balustraded balcony. Two carved stone figues stand just beneath the ornate corbels supporting the balcony. The figures are both female, one representing mechanical science and the other literature. Between them, and over the entrance, is a semi-circular marble slab, given by William Fisher, on which there is a quotation from Carlyle: "THAT THERE / SHOULD ONE MAN DIE / IGNORANT WHO HAD CAPACITY / FOR KNOWLEDGE, THIS I CALL A / TRAGEDY, WHERE IT TO HAPPEN MORE / THAN TWENTY TIMES IN THE MINUTE, / AS BY SOME COMPUTATIONS IT DOES. // CARLYLE" Commission: Sheffield Town Council. Highfield Library and Upperthorpe Library are near-identical buildings. Both libraries were opened in 1876, Upperthorpe on 8th May and Highfield on 1st August. They were designed as 'twins' but the figures on them are different. The sculpture on both buildings was carved by J. W. Cooper of Sheffield and Cambridge. Comment: Both figures have lost a lot of surface detail due to corrosion of the stone. Acknowledgements: The figures are identified in a description of the building in The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent 29th July, 1876. Further information from Sheffield Local Studies Library.
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