Wrought iron gates to the British Library

British Library Gates: Euston Road

Where: Euston Road, NW1

What: Iron gates opening to the courtyard of the British Library. The square brick entrance way to the piazza – known as the Portico – is a rectangular entrance with three examples of lettering: carved lettering on the lintel of the archway; the wrought iron gates with the name “The British Library” repeated in the pattern, and; a stone with carved lettering acting as a memorial to it’s opening.


1_On the lintel: The British Library

2_On the gates: The British Library (repeated)

3_On the memorial stone: The British Library / HRH the Prince of Wales unveiled this stone / 7th December 1982

Material: Iron

Artist: David Kindersley and Lida Lopes Cardozo (Cardozo Kindersley workshop).

Plaque by Will Carter

Date: 1993?

Further information:

  • Cardozo Kindersley workshop, Cambridge
  • David Kindersley’s obituary in the Independent
  • Information on the British Library’s listed status at Historic England
  • Examples of David Kindersley’s other work reviewed by calligrapher Patricia Lovett
  • Atelier design agency discuss the Kindersley legacy and its interaction with design
  • A student’s first impression of David Kindersley’s work in his centenary year, from Varsity

Further images:

Open gates to the British Library with the piazza in the background
Closer view of the gates with the text silhouetted against the sky. The weight of the text goes from light at the very top to heavy nearer the bottom
Memorial stone for the opening of the library dated 1982
Close up of gates with RIBA medal in the foreground
Lintel of the British Library gates