The architect was Mr WB Madin, the town surveyor, and the builder was Mr W Packwood. Opened in 1905, there was a substantial refurbishment and expansion in 1995. Backroom functions of the library were transferred to the neighbouring council building and an atrium was built, which provided both buildings with disabled access for the first time and allowed the library to expand considerably.
Current status: still a library , now managed by Northamptonshire County council under its new LibraryPlus model.
- Year grant given (if known): 1902
- Amount of grant: £2,000 (initially – later increased to £2,500)
- Year opened (and by who – if known): Saturday 25 November 1905 by the Marquis of Northampton
Photo of library today (2011):
Old photo of library (postcard):
Not yet in my collection
Seen from the outside only, as it was closed when we drove through Rushden in 2011
- Entry on the waymarking site
- Full article: A history of Rushden library
- Full article, transcribed from the Rushden Echo, 1 December 1905: Library opened – 1905 (note the comments made by the Marquis of Northampton on lady novelists!)