Horbury library

Brief description

Mr Benjamin Watson of Batley was appointed the architect in 1904. On 4th January 1905 the foundation stone was laid by Councillor A Horsfield, who returned the following year to officially open the library.

The first Librarian was James Kirkpatrick.  King George V and Queen Mary visited on 10 July 1912.

A tapestry depicting life through the ages in Horbury was created to mark the library centenary, and in 2013 the library was refurbished with new  furniture, lighting, blinds and carpets.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Wakefield council (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £2,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 14 February 1906, by Cllr A Horsfield.

Photo of library today (2010):


Photo credit: Flickr user Tim Green (cc licence)


Old photo of library (postcard):

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