The architect was Abraham Sharp.
Current status: Closed in 1985. No longer a library. When we saw it in 2011 (see below) it looked very sad. Apparently there had been many plans since it closed, but none had come to fruition. The most recent was a plan to incorporate the building into a new development. See below for link, the plan was: “the relocation of historic Carnegie Library, which will be transported, stone by stone, from its current location and converted into six residential apartments.”
Update (Sept 2016) – as the new article linked below states, the relocation plan has fallen through and the owner is reconsidering. The building has at least been tidied up and trees removed.
Update (March 2020) – photos in a gallery taken by an urban explorer show the interior is in a very bad state.
- Year grant given (if known):
- Amount of grant: £3,000
- Year opened (and by who – if known): 1905
Photo of library in 2011:
Old photo of library (postcard):
Not yet in my collection. But I found one scanned onto flickr. Note the lantern has gone.
Drove past in 2011
- Mentioned on wikipedia page
- Blog post by local photographer
- Redevelopment plans [no date on this page, but I think it appeared in 2013]
- Update: Shrubs and trees removed from Carnegie library as murals go up (Sept 2016)
- News item: Inside the decaying Carnegie Library that was once the centrepiece of Shipley (May 2020) Photo gallery from an urban explorer who looked inside (his original report).
- Mentioned on the Shelf Life project website as being a building ‘at risk’ (2020).