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 (visited in 2019), which led to Freaky’s fitness centre, address: The Old Library, 107 Ashby High St, Scunthorpe DN16 2JX (2019). It is around 200m from the new library.
- 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 in 2019:
Plaque – now in modern library
Old photo of library (postcard):
Nothing in my collection yet
Yes, during a holiday in Lincolnshire in November 2019. We first went to the new library: Ashby link, which has the brass plaque on display. Then down the road to see the old building.