Wakefield library

Brief description

Known as the Drury Lane library, it was designed by Trimmell, Cox & Co of Woldingham, Surrey and built by Bagnall Brothers of Wakefield. The foundation stone was laid on 15 February 1905 by  the mayor of Wakefield, Mr Alderman Childe.

The first librarian was Mr George Wood, who remained in post for 32 years. The library was extended in 1935 and a new junior library was opened in 1939.

Current status: No longer a public library, the building has been redeveloped into a facility for artists. Providing studios and exhibition space. It reopened in November 2015 following a  £3 million programme of work. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known): 1904
  • Amount of grant: £8,000
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 2 June 1906, by Andrew Carnegie

Photo of library today:

Not yet obtained


Old photo of library (postcard):

Nothing in my collection yet


Not yet

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One thought on “Wakefield library”

  1. I have one of the studios in the Old Library at Drury Lane in Wakefield, so if you want I can send you some pictures of it as it is today (inside and out). Feel free to reply / email me if you’d like me to.

    I also have an old postcard image, although only in digital form (I don’t have the original).


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