Beoley library / reading room

Brief description

A curious one for this site. The building is listed in the Gazeteer of Historic Public Libraries as demolished. However, the Beoley village website [link below] clearly acknowledges that funds for the building came from Andrew Carnegie, and describe the Reading Room as having been opened in 1905. They then state:”After the First World War, the Worcestershire County Council delivered a regular supply of library books which were loaned out weekly by volunteers.”

The gazetteer lists the architect as WF Edwards.

Current status: Village hall (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

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The website below contains a photo of the village hall.

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A photo of the foundation stone is on the village site linked below. It states the stone was laid 13 May 1905 by Councillor TV Allen.

Old photo of library (postcard):

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Pemberton library, Wigan

Brief description

The architects were J. B. & W. Thornely. The library was built on a corner plot at the junction of Ormskirk and Ellsmere road, in the Edwardian Baroque style.
Awarded Grade II listing in 1999

Current status: No longer a public library, now used as offices (2017)

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

Photo of library today (2008):

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Photo © Galatas (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Nothing in my collection yet

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Atherton library

Brief description

Application was made in 1902 and once agreed, a site was chosen on York Street. The Bolton architects Bradshaw and Gass were appointed in 1904.

The library was refurbished in the 1950s, and extended in 1970.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wigan council (2017) Article below states that there was a plan for the building to close and library services to be moved to a room in the town hall. Later article says customer services point is to be moved into the library.

  • Year grant given (if known): 1903
  • Amount of grant: £4,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 24 May 1905, by Lord Ilford

Photo of library today:

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Atherton library. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below

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Art nouveau bronze plaque commemorating the opening. Photo credit: Thomas McGrath – Hidden Histories article linked below

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Southall library

Brief description

Architect: Reginald Brown

Current status: No longer a public library (closed in 2014 when library services moved to the Dominion centre) Current use unknown (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905

Photo of library today (2006):

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Photo © J Taylor (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Old photo of library (postcard):

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Wood Green library

Brief description

The architect was Charles J Gunyon. Few other references found, other than the line: A central library, built at the junction of Station and High roads with a donation from Andrew Carnegie, opened in 1907.

Current status: Demolished in 1973

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

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Worksop library

Brief description

The architects were: Haslam Son & Hollely (Gazetter of Public libraries) or Haslam, Son Holley (in the Historic England listing).

The Carnegie UK trust appears to have made several investments in this area. A suggestion made by a Worksop librarian to the trustees formed the basis of the idea of establishing one central depot for books to be supplied to villages in rural areas to reduce costs. In 1916 the trustees granted £800 to circulate books from Worksop to villages within a 10 mile radius.

In 1928 the library changed its name to Worksop Library and Museum but in 1932 the disastrous Worksop flood caused damage to the museum and it had to close. A new museum and library opened on Memorial Avenue in 1938 – where it stayed until 2010.

No mention in that article that the Trust had anything to do with the new library, but another article (about Canch Park) describes: …. the old Carnegie Library building, currently occupied by the Aurora Wellbeing Charity.

“This former Central Library and Museum, with its rotunda dome, now houses the premises of a well-being and cancer-related therapies charity, a teashop and a charity shop. The Carnegie Foundation-sponsored building by Hallam, Son Holley (sic), was opened in 1938 and closed in 2010”. [from geograph photo caption]

Awarded Grade II listing in 1990

Current status: No longer a public library, see above (2017)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1938

Photo of library today (2016):

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© Copyright David Hallam-Jones 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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