Barrow library

Brief description

Designed and built 1915-22  by JA Charles, in Beaux-Arts Classical style. 1915 is carved into the building, but it wasn’t opened until 1922 after a lapse in building during WWI. The lecture room was converted to museum c1930.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1976.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Cumbria County Council (2016)

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  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 1922

Photo of library in 2016:


Photo credit: Kathy Settle


Old[-ish] photo of library (postcard):



I haven’t visited yet, but my colleague did in August 2016.

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