Ashby library

Brief description

The Public Libraries’ Act was unanimously adopted in Ashby at a public meeting in February 1905 and the new library building opened in April 1906 in Ashby High Street. The architect was W.H. Buttrick. The first librarian was Clement Kendall, who remained in the post until his death in 1931.

The Ashby library building, which retains its original beautiful wooden staircase, stood empty and rather forlorn for some years but is now used as a fitness centre. The modern current library, which is more conveniently located further up the High Street, has in it a plaque taken out of the old building which acknowledges the importance of Carnegie’s contribution. [from the article by David Lambourne – see link below]

Current status: Fitness centre (confirmed via google streetview), which led to Freaky’s fitness centre, address: The Old Library, 107 Ashby High St, Scunthorpe DN16 2JX (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1905
  • Amount of grant: £1,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 16 April 1906 (Easter Monday)

Photo of library today (2010):

geograph-2048273-by-jonathan-billingerFrom Geograph  © Copyright Jonathan Billinger and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Details:

Plaque – now in modern library

Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet

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