Whitehaven library

Brief description

Architects were Greig, Fairbairn and Macniven. The library was extended in 1970.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Cumbria council (2018) [at least I think so – a new building has been built in front, but this appears joined. Stobbarts (building contractors) published a news item in 2017 stating they had won the contract to carry out repair work on the victorian ceiling.]

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 13 October 1906

Photo of library today (2011):

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© Copyright Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Eastleigh library

Brief description

The architect was FG Lee. Grant given by Carnegie UK Trust. The library was extended in 1964.

Current status: Now a family centre (according to Gazetteer of Historic Public Library buildings)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1935

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Nothing in my collection yet

 

Colne library

Brief description

Originally built as a private house for wealthy cotton mill owner, Nicholas England.

In 1907 it was converted to become the Colne Carnegie library and a date stone of 1907 was placed above the main entrance.  Closed as a library in 1972, and the building was taken over by the Providence Independent Methodist church. They moved out in 2012, and the building was sold. Proposal put forward in 2015 to convert it into flats (and advert seen on Right Move website, 2018).

Current status: Residential

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1907

Photo of building today (2009):

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cc-by-sa/2.0 – © John Tomlinsongeograph.org.uk/p/40433

Old photos of library (postcards):

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And showing the war memorial in front:

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Cleator Moor library

Brief description

Architect was EM Martindale, of Workington and Cleator Moor. Building work started in April 1905 and was completed in July 1906. The library was extended in 1966.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1973

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Cumbria council (2018)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £3,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): Wednesday 7 November 1906, by Mr AE Lamb, chairman of the district council

Photo of library today:

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Boldon Colliery library

Brief description

The foundation stone was laid on Saturday 12 November 1904 by Mr JG Addison. Funding provided by Carnegie, and Mr Carr Ellison.

In 1937, the community received a grant of £200 from the Carnegie UK Trust, towards the cost of modernising the library. [source: article in the Sunderland Daily Echo, 27 July 1937]

Current status: Demolished in 1985

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £1,500 [poss]
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

 

Links:

  • Articles in the Shields Daily Gazette: A public library for Boldon Colliery, and in the Sunderland Daily Echo: Free library for Boldon Colliery (online via the BL newspaper archive)

 

Birchfield library

Brief description

Details found in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Library Buildings 1850-1940. Photos found on Birmingham Images website seem to indicate a different story. the caption reads: “Interior of Birchfield Public Library, Perry Barr, looking remarkably smart in 1952. The building dates from 1874 but only became a branch library in 1886.”

I found references on other sites to Birchfield Road library (Aston) – but no details.

Current status: Demolished in 2007

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1904

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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Bethnal Green library

Brief description

The original architect in 1896 was James Tolley. Building converted by borough architect A.E.Darby. History (taken from the listing entry): The Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green did not pass the Public Library Act until 1913, subsequently preparing plans for a new library by the borough engineer and surveyor A.E. Darby in 1915. However, WWI intervened and the prohibitive rise in building costs afterwards resulted in their constructing instead a temporary institution in 1919. When soon afterwards deciding to undertake a permanent institution, the borough purchased part of the Bethnal House Asylum Estate, the former male wing that had been built in 1896. A.E. Darby instead designed the conversion of what was a much larger facility, including an Adult Lending, Reference and Children’s libraries, as well as a Lecture Hall and Newsroom. It cost £36,000 and was built by Messrs. Patman and Fotheringham, with G.W. Hammer & Co. supplying the furniture.

Funding awarded by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Awarded Grade II listing in 2005. Listing describes it as “Late Victorian Classical exterior with inter-war library interior in the mid-C18 Adam-inspired style” and mentions “4 plaster medallions in curved niche behind colonnade (Richard Wagner, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and William Morris) commemorate interesting choice of cultural heroes.”

Refurbished in 2015.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Tower Hamlets council (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 13 October 1922, the the Mayor, Councillor JJ Vaughan

Photo of library today (2012):

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Thanks to flickr user Tom Bastin (shared under cc licence)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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